For several years, AFDF has been working with maritime businesses, the University of Alaska, Alaska Departments of Labor and Education, and others on the issue of workforce development for Alaska maritime industry. In 2015, AFDF became the fiscal agent for an advisory group representing maritime businesses called Maritime Works.
AFDF, on behalf of Maritime Works, also received a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation’s Vocational Fund for Alaska’s Future. AFDF and Maritime Works will also be collaborating with the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium (APICC) over the next year to improve career awareness and spearhead improvements to workforce development in Alaska’s maritime industry by creating a workforce investment strategy based on the model – National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
To date, Maritime Works has received donations from the following funders: Alaska Community Foundation, University of Alaska, FirstBank of Alaska, Ketchikan Marine Industry Council, Vigor Alaska, Icicle Seafoods, Southeast Conference, Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference, and Homer Marine Trades Association.