Youth Training Classes

Learn more about pre-apprenticeship youth training

Alaska Works Partnership is here to help Alaska’s Youth get connected with pre-apprenticeship youth training.

Apply for training today, and be sure to contact us with any questions that you have.

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Attention high school Students & Graduation Seniors – Consider a career in the trades

  • Did you know that each year, over 50% of new building trades apprentices have taken classes through AWP?
  • Sign up today to continue your pathway toward a high-paying, fulfilling construction career.
  • Get free training and learn skills that will help you get excellent jobs with great pay!

Contact us for more information at (907) 569-4711

Our upcoming hands-on youth training program is offered to Highschool students aged 16 and up.

Youth Summer Training

Class Description:Training Dates:Days and Times:
Fairbanks -  Fork LiftFebruary 20th - 21st, 2024Tuesday - Wednesday 8AM to 4:30PM
Fairbanks - Spring Break Power ToolsMarch 11th - 15th, 2024Monday - Friday 8AM to 4:30PM
Anchorage - Spring Break CarpentryMarch 11th - 15th, 2024Monday - Friday 8AM to 4:30PM
Mat-Su - Spring Break CarpentryMarch 11th - 15th, 2024Monday - Friday 8AM to 4:30PM
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AWAY, Apprenticeship Works for Alaska Youth

The AWAY program builds a pipeline of young talent for vital careers in Alaska that support Alaskan businesses, communities and strengthen our economy.

AWAY provides young Alaskans a career path to a meaningful and well-paying occupation without incurring significant debt.

Visit our AWAY page to learn more

WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014 enacted a comprehensive youth employment program for serving eligible youth, ages 14-24, who face barriers to education, training, and employment.

Funds for youth services are allocated to states and local areas based on a formula. The WIOA Youth Program focuses primarily on out-of-school youth and it includes 14 program elements that are required to be made available to youth participants.

Alaska Works Partnership provides youth services in partnership with American Job Centers and under the direction of local Workforce Development Boards.

Class Descriptions Below:

*Carpentry 1:

Training covers the basics of carpentry and trades math. Accurate reading and use of tape measure, hammer, saw 3-4-5 layout method, and safe use of hand and power tools. Using skills learned in class, participants build the following projects: a foot stool and a set of stairs to a platform. Construction site education, safety, and carpenter expectations are also covered.

*Electrical Wiring:

Training covers: Basic electrical theory, electrical code, blueprints, and tool safety. Hands-on training includes – wiring switches, GFCI receptacles, duplex receptacles, panels, 3-way and 4-way switches, bending EMT, and rigid conduit. Students apply the skills they learn by assembling and wiring a lamp with a light switch, outlets, and USB receptacles.

*Ironwork & Welding (Welding – Fairbanks):

Training with classroom instruction and hands-on training includes; Vertical and horizontal stick welding, oxygen and acetylene cutting, hands-on tools and materials, hazard awareness, and work site safety. Identify and use safe welding practices, identify joint design and fit-up, set up a welding machine, and identify electrode selection. Participants learn basic rebar wire tying and reinforcing practices, basic structural ironworking and rigging practices, and basic rough terrain forklift operation and hand signals.

*Plumbing, Pipefitting & Welding (Anchorage Only):

Training covers: Soldering and brazing, oxy-acetylene torch set-up and cutting, pipe threading, pro-press fittings, and methods of joining. Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) practice, welding-metallurgy. Drainage, waste, vent fittings, soil pipe methods of joining and cutting, plumbing fixtures, and roof drains. Plumbing and pipefitting tools, pipe beveling, Oakie Beveller, and Tri-Tool. Introduction to hangers, supports, valves, and use of ladders, and plumbing codes.

Structural Welding:

This introduction to the welding workshop starts with safety first. Using an oxy-acetylene torch, students learn how to cut, prep, and fit metal test coupons. Students will then practice and test their skills with structural welding in multiple positions using the Shielded Metal Arc (SMAW) and Flux-Cored ARC (FCAW) welding processes.


Training covers exposure to basic principles in the telecommunications industry including central office operations, outside plant line and splicing work, installation and repair, data and key/PBX, simple termination and testing of category 5E cabling, network interface device installation techniques, block terminations, basic AC/DC theory as it relates to telecommunications, and principles of light and fiber optics.

Girls Build-Up Plumbing & Welding, Electrical & Powerlines:

This introductory training covers: Soldering and brazing, oxy-acetylene torch set-up and cutting, pipe threading, pro-press fittings, and methods of joining. Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) practice, welding-metallurgy, Plumbing and pipefitting tools, pipe beveling, Oakie Beveller, Tri-Tool, and plumbing codes. Basic electrical theory; wiring switches, lights, doorbells, and receptacles; understanding the electrical grid; an introduction to rigging and knot-tying; and an intro to transformers and grounding. Students apply the skills they learn by rigging their hand lines and wiring their circuits, including a table lamp to take home.

Girls Build-Up Power Tools:

This introductory training covers: The ability to quickly and accurately use a tape measure, and general safety, size, types, marking, and cutting of lumber. Safety, operation, and proper use of a variety of power tools used in the construction industry including; Orbital sander finish sander, compound miter saw, router, jig saw, Kreg jig, drill, impact driver, and belt sander. Students will construct several small projects and complete tasks using various power tools.