Alaska Apprenticeship Training: What you need to know

An apprenticeship is a structured training program that combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training under the close supervision of a skilled and experienced journeyworker in a craft, trade, or profession. Alaska does not have its own state apprenticeship law; therefore, the federal Office of Apprenticeship (OA) governs apprenticeship in Alaska. OA provides employers with technical assistance and information, issues standards, and monitors apprenticeship programs. Detailed information on the federal apprenticeship law is available.
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Generally, employers may pay beginning apprentices at about 50 percent of a journeyworker's wages. Wages increase with time as apprentices master more skills during the training process. During the final period of apprenticeship, the wage rate may increase to about 90 percent to 95 percent of a journeyworker's wages. The state labor commissioner may provide, by regulation or order, for an apprentice to be paid at a rate below minimum wage (AK Stat. Sec. 23.10.070 ).
Employers may not discriminate in any way against apprentices on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, physical or mental disability, sex, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, or parenthood (AK Sec. 18.80.220;AK Stat. Sec. 18.80.255).
Age. The prohibition on age discrimination under state law does not apply to an apprenticeship program that is registered by OA or that meets standards equivalent to those of OA (Sec. 18.80.295). However, under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), it is unlawful for apprenticeship programs to discriminate on the basis of an individual's age. The ADEA covers employers with 20 or more employees, ...

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