Story last updated at 11/25/2008 - 4:35 pm
JUNEAU - Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development economists have conducted a first-of-its-kind apprenticeship evaluation program that indicates workers who complete an apprentice program earn nearly twice as much as those who canceled out of an apprenticeship, roughly equating to $65,342 per year compared to $33,435.
The study also found that since 1996, 90 percent of those who completed an apprenticeship are still working in Alaska.
Last April, researchers with the Alaska Department of Labor entered into a special research agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration to evaluate the performance of apprenticeship programs in Alaska.
The Employment and Training Administration provided information on Alaska apprenticeship program participants since 1996 and the Alaska Department of Labor used its unique administrative data to determine the current employment, earnings and residency of those participants. About 6,500 current and former apprentices were identified and tracked.