Registered Apprenticeship is a highly flexible training and workforce development model that combines on-the-job learning,related instruction and paid work experience. Apprenticeship allows employers to establish the standards of proficiency, while developing a local and loyal workforce.

Apprenticeship growth in Alaska continues to increase; there are more than 60 registered apprenticeship programs with 2,257 apprentices and 268 program sponsors. Real opportunities for new apprenticeship programs exist in the areas of Transportation, Construction, Health Care, Oil and Gas, Aviation, Mining, and Forestry. With few exceptions, any business that requires highly skilled employees – a small two-person business to the largest corporations – can benefit from apprenticeship.

Building a Registered Apprenticeship with your business has many advantages – for you and for your employees. Investing in Registered Apprenticeship means a commitment to the future success of your organization.  

If you are interested in developing an apprenticeship program contact an Apprenticeship Specialist to discuss these opportunities.

Benefits As An Employer


Benefits for your bottom line: Registered Apprenticeship programs aid in recruiting new personnel, and often support the activities of your human resources department. Investing in the future of your employees can strengthen their loyalty to your company. Teaching employees new skills and providing incremental raises increase productivity, decrease turnover and save your company money spent on training. In addition, Registered Apprenticeship will help your employees become nationally certified, which will ensure a quality product and knowledgeable employees.

Business-driven, customizable program: The Office of Apprenticeship will work with you to create a flexible training program appropriate for your business. Registered programs range in size from one apprentice to hundreds depending on the employer. As your workforce needs change, we will help you adjust your training curriculum or design a new program if necessary.

Financial incentives: By creating a Registered Apprenticeship program, your business may qualify for state tax benefits or other financial support. Many employers experience strong returns on investments after partnering with us.

Opening doors to networking: Program sponsors of registered apprentices are part of a nationwide network of 250,000 employers in 1,000 occupations. Learn best practices from leading training programs.

Additional Benefits:

  • Decreased turnover by strengthening and developing a workforce. In FY 2006, 82 percent of registered apprentices were still employed after nine months.
  • Increased productivity and knowledge transfer due to well developed on-the-job learning.
  • High return on investment, apprentices produce while they are learning.
  • Improved safety as related instruction and on-the- job training ensures apprentices learn while using industry recognized materials and standards.
  • Tailored workforce trained to meet the needs and demands of your business.
  • Skilled workers trained to industry/employer specifications to produce quality results.
  • Established Pipeline of new apprentices that complete the program while also providing access to the next generation of workers.

The Importance Of Training


When you invest in the training of your employees, they will be more committed to the success of your business. This will help to lessen turnover, decrease recruitment costs and increase productivity. In FY 2006, 82 percent of registered apprentices were still employed after nine months.

As a Registered Apprenticeship employer partner, you are responsible for recruiting and leading apprentices as they learn and complete their certifications. They are members of your workforce from day one. Our local apprenticeship staff offers technical assistance at any time, at no cost, and ensures compliance with your company’s and industry’s standards. Join our nationwide network of program sponsors – from family-owned businesses to corporations including UPS, CVS/pharmacy and Werner Enterprises. Learn more or become a partner today!

What Are My Responsibilities?


Additional Responsibilities:

  • Provide a safe workplace.
  • Provide on-the- job training and supervised work experience.
  • Establish a progressive pay schedule.
  • Document the training progress.
  • Support the related instruction.

How do I take advantage of Registered Apprenticeship?

Contact an Apprenticeship Specialist to discuss opportunities in high growth industries or inquire about sponsoring an apprenticeship program.