The OJT Supportive Services program was created to complement the Federal Highway Administration’s On-the-Job Training (OJT) program. The OJT Supportive Services program is an incentive program designed to assist State Transportation Agencies in the development and enhancement of their job training and apprenticeship programs. Federal grant money allows participants to receive trainings and services at no cost.
The primary objectives of the OJT Supportive Services program areas follows:
Increase training and educational opportunities for female, minority, veterans and economically disadvantaged individuals to become introduced to the highway construction industry, learn entry-level skills to participate in approved apprenticeship and/or contractor trainee programs, and to ultimately begin careers and gain employment at the journey level status in construction trades.
- Provide a heavy highway construction career pathway for women, minorities, veterans and economically disadvantaged individuals to gain employment with highway contractors in construction trades or continue education at a college for construction trades or engineering.
- Engage and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, such as professional trade associations; construction associations and organizations; community training and advocacy groups; secondary, post-secondary and career technical educational institutions to assist in training women, minorities and economically disadvantaged individuals in skilled and semi-skilled construction related crafts.
Who is eligible for assistance?
Individuals who are interested in construction careers and/or enrolled in an approved apprenticeship program are eligible for assistance. ADOT’s Business Engagement and Compliance Office, Small Business Development Unit is responsible for oversight of the program and is available to answer questions and/or assist contractors interested in OJT Supportive Services or their trainees, as well as minorities, women and veterans interested in obtaining skilled trades in the construction industry.
What assistance and services are available?
- Education and training through the Construction Academies
- OJT Apprenticeship Recruitment
- Employment counseling
What are the participant's benefits?
- Be introduced to a variety of trainings and skill pertinent to the construction industry at no cost to the individual
- Will receive a certificate indicating they are prepared to enter an apprenticeship program or the construction workforce as a Construction Academy graduate
- Will receive a Flagger Certification, OSHA 10 Certification, and a CDL Permit
What are the contractor's benefits?
- Contractors are able to find and retain a skilled workforce
- Contractors can evaluate and find possible future apprentices to be used on Federally Funded projects with an OJT goal
- Apprentices can bank hours and be utilized over multiple jobs