Increase Job Training Resources for Gas Line Workers
The Division coordinates with partners to develop comprehensive training plans that increase job training resources. The gas pipeline strategic training plan’s purpose is to bring Alaska into a new era of collaboration and innovation among educators and training providers, combined with strategic investments in connected, regionally delivered and accredited programs to create world-class training and educational systems for Alaska.
The Plan identifies four broad strategies to prepare Alaskans for 113 occupations necessary for gas line construction, operation and maintenance:
- Increase awareness of and access to career opportunities in natural resource development
- Develop a comprehensive, integrated career and technical education system that aligns training institutions and coordinates program delivery
- Increase opportunities for registered apprenticeship in skilled occupations and expand other structured training opportunities
- Increase opportunities for development of appropriate training programs for operations, technical, and management workers
Updates to the gas pipeline progress and strategic training plan can be found on the Governorís AGIA web site.
Using the plan, the Division directed a variety of training resources in support of occupations related to construction of a gas pipeline:
- Through the efforts of the Division’s career guides, young people gain increased awareness about high demand job opportunities.
- The Division’s focus on registered apprenticeship is based on the knowledge that industry recognized and portable credentials are important to employers.
- Regional Training Center investments expand local training resources in rural Alaska and prepare rural Alaskans for flexible careers in the oil, gas, and mining industry.
- The Fairbanks Pipeline training facility is providing increased opportunities for pipeline workers to obtain the necessary certificates and credentials to work in the oil and gas industry.
- The University of Alaska’s “Jump Start” initiative’s purpose is to work with the Alaska Department of Labor to prepare skilled journey workers for positions as supervisors and instructors. This will be accomplished by advising them into pre-selected courses for the University’s Apprenticeship Technologies (APTC) program, building the management and leadership skills of incumbent workers in the industry.
All of these efforts are supported through Division resources and developed in partnerships with business and industry.