Alaska Regional Council Training Centers
Southern Alaska Carpenters Training Center
We are currently accepting applications for the 2006 first year apprenticeship program. Applications must be completed by the end of this year. So if you know anyone that might be interested please have them contact the training center. Applicants must fill out an application and turn in copies of their birth certificate, proof of Alaska residency, high school transcripts, valid Alaska drivers license, Social Security card, and a copy of their DD-214 (military discharge papers).
Direct entry is another way to enter the program. If they have previous carpentry experience they also will have to fill out an application and turn in copies of their birth certificate, proof of Alaska residency, high school transcripts, valid Alaska drivers license, Social Security card, and a copy of their DD-214 (military discharge papers). They will need letters from previous employers, on company letterhead stating how many hours they worked and what type of work they performed while being employed. They must prove that they have a minimum of 1,000 hours before being tested into the program.
Director of Training Southern Alaska Carpenters Training Center
We also take transfers from other training programs throughout the year. So if you know any good apprentices from other areas that are interested in moving to Alaska have them contact our office.
Apprentices, it is your responsibility to make sure that your personal information is kept up to date with all offices; the H & S Trust office, your Local Union, and the Apprenticeship office.
Journeymen’s enhancement classes started in October 2005 and will continue through April 2006. Member participa- tion is very poor so far. I have had to cancel three out of nine classes and the classes that were held barely had enough members to meet the minimum number of participants. Future classes are in jeopardy due to the lack of participation.
I believe it’s the responsibility of the union to have the best trained craftspeople possible. This is what will keep our union contractors competitive and in business. If we are not trained better than anyone else, then what do we, as a Un- ion, have to offer to our union contractors? Certain classes need to be made mandatory to receive a dispatch, i.e. OSHA 10, Fall Protection, First Aid/CPR, Scaffold Erectors Certification, etc. This list should include any and all refresher classes needed to maintain any classes previously attended.
Director of Training Northern Training Center
Thanks to Kevin Hanley with the Piledrivers and Divers, we will be offering combined training for both millwrights and piledrivers at selected locations. This will be for training that is common to both trades, such as: First AID/CPR, NSTC, OSHA, Rigging, Aerial Lift, and Fork Lift. I would like to request that all members take advantage of the training while it is being offered.
In January 2005, the millwright training program joined the Northern Training Center. Since then, the northern trust has received an enormous amount of help and support, as we re-established the program in the north and prepared for this year’s training season. I would like to thank Mike Vlaming of the M.E.A., Mark Crutchfield, Randy Wilke, Andy Gilda, Louis Katzenberger, and Jim Gattenby for all that they have done. There is nothing like having good help to work with. I believe we have established a good program and I look forward to working with all of you as we further develop the program.
Northern Alaska Carpenters & Millwrights Training Center
Another year is fast approaching to an end. Work throughout the state continues to be good for most of the construction trades. Training for the Northern Training Center is scheduled to begin in Fairbanks on November 21st with the fourth year carpenter apprentices. Millwright apprentices will follow, beginning their training January 3rd. Journeyman train- ing for carpenters and millwrights will begin in January and continue through June. Be sure that the union hall has your current contact information on file, as the training schedule and registration forms for the Northern carpenters and state wide millwrights will be sent out right after Thanksgiving. Each member’s dues must be current, with their local, to register or attend training.
For the northern carpenters, training will take place in Fairbanks. For the statewide millwrights, training will take place in three locations: Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Soldotna. Plan on attending the training that is offered in your local area. Anyone living 50 miles or further outside these areas will need to contact the training center.
I would like to welcome Local 1243 carpenter apprentice Shane Jorgenson back to Alaska after serving a one year tour with the Marine Corps in Iraq as part of Recon. Shane, I realize that calling in a pizza order for lunch won’t be as excit- ing as calling in an air strike, but its good to have you back with us. I would like to thank you for the sacrifice you made, for all of us, and our country.
The trustees of the Northern Training Center recognize the need to insure that future and current members possess the skills and proficiency in the trade to meet the contractor’s needs. The trustees are in the process of establishing new standards and policies to insure that those needs are met.