Workforce Wednesday: Helmets to Hardhats

Alaska Helmets to Hardhats is a program by Alaska Works Partnership along with Alaska Department of Labor that connects veterans or people exiting the military to free classes and training for careers in construction.

Rene Eliste, an apprentice with Alcan Electrical and Engineering says it helped him land his career in telecommunications engineering. Helmets to Hardhats isn’t limited to just that career as prospective job seekers can become sheet metal workers, laborers, millwrights and more.

Eliste said this program was beneficial because sometimes it’s hard to transition from a military career to a civilian one. He mentioned it took him months to figure it out what he wanted to do before settling into his current career.

Martha Peck with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium added the pay isn’t bad either — depending on the career they choose. Wages can range anywhere from $16.50 an hour to $47 an hour, depending on experience.

For more information, visit APICC’s website. To become a member of Helmets to Hardhats and a list of requirements, visit

Watch the full Workforce Wednesday video segment here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Helmets to Hardhats » KTVA 11

Alaska June Economic Trends

June2017TrendsThe Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development recently partnered with the Department of Corrections to study how employment and wages affect the likelihood of returning to prison after serving time for a felony, and the analysis in this issue is the first of its kind in Alaska. Also in June’s issue is a look at how Alaska measures up nationwide according to federal poverty thresholds, and an analysis of how Alaska’s changing age structure is likely to affect the size and makeup of our future population.

Read the June Alaska Economic Trends

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Alaska May Economic Trends

May2017TrendsMay Trends provides an update on Alaska’s housing market, which remains remarkably stable despite the state’s recession. Also this month is a look at Alaska kids who live in their grandparents’ home and how this phenomenon compares to the rest of the nation, an analysis of Alaska’s slight drop in personal income in 2016, and data on Alaskans who work multiple jobs. It’s become common to work a secondary job in the state, and that began before the recession.

Read the full issue here.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Workforce Wednesday: Maritime Industry Apprenticeships

The Calista Corporation has partnered with AVTEC in Seward for an entry-level apprenticeship program aimed at high school students and graduates.

Cari-Ann Carty with Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium says students will learn nautical and shoreside skills, how to navigate in the waters of Alaska, as well as get certifications and on-the-job training. Students will also have access to a state of the art simulator to hone their navigation skills.

Brenda Pacarro, with the Calista Corporation, said the organization recognized the need for Alaskans to receive training in order to be more employable. Pacarro wants the maritime industry to know it has trained and motivated candidates ready to enter the workforce.

There are scholarships available and Carty said there are a few requirements. For example, candidates need to be drug and alcohol free.

Those interested in scholarships or funding can get in touch with the Calista Corporation. Students or graduates interested in the apprenticeship program can visit the website, to apply or learn more.

To watch the full Workforce Wednesday video segment, click here.

Correction: In the video, Carty said the pay for deckhands was $250 an hour.  The pay averages about $250 per day.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Maritime industry apprenticeships | KTVA 11

Alaska April Economic Trends

AprTrends2017April Trends features a comprehensive analysis of the nation’s 259 state-level recessions since 1961, and what Alaska might learn from their losses and recoveries as we navigate our largest economic downturn since the mid-1980s. Also this month is an update on the students who graduated from Alaska high schools in 2005 – the educational and career paths they took and where we found them in 2015. Finally, we examine what sizes and ages of businesses have been creating and losing jobs, and provide an update on what happened to claims for unemployment insurance benefits in 2016.

Source: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development.