On-the-Job Training (OJT)

The On-the-Job Training Program Special Provision is used to direct training opportunities to minority, female and other economically disadvantaged individuals. The purpose of the training is to develop marketable skills for the individuals and allow them to gain journey worker status in highway construction crafts.

Each year certain projects are designated to have Trainee slots. The OJT Special Provision is added to the contract for those designated projects.

Effective March 1, 2002 the SDDOT Civil Rights Program took over the administration of the Associated General Contractors On-the-Job Training Program Program. All Trainees, whether mandated by contract requirement or not, are to be registered with the SDDOT. A separate A.G.C. registration and weekly status report forms are no longer necessary. All registrations and monthly status reports are to be sent into the SDDOT Civil Rights Program. A Trainee must be registered within a week of the start date. For every Trainee the contractor needs to complete a Monthly Trainee Status Report and submit that within thirty (30) days following the last pay period of the month.

OJT Forms & Instructions:

The only approved Training Program that may be used on highway construction projects in South Dakota is the SDDOT-A.G.C. Training Program.

Highway Career Enhancement Program

The Highway Construction Career Enhancement Program is a partnership between Southeast Technical Institute, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the South Dakota Department of Transportation. The program has two main components: Educational tuition support with on-the-job training opportunities and Educational and Outreach Programs. The goal of the program is to increase awareness of career opportunities in highway construction and also increase the number of qualified applicants especially minorities and females for current highway construction project employment needs.

Highlights of the Program include:

  • Assistance to students at Southeast Technical Institute in the heavy equipment and truck driving programs. With an effort to transition these students to work for contractors with federal-aid highway construction projects.
  • Any federal-aid highway construction contractor that hires one of the graduates from these programs will be eligible for reimbursement at $3.00 per hour for every hour the Trainee works with the contractor until graduation or termination occurs.

On-the-Job Training Supportive Services (OJT/SS) Funding

The FHWA is currently seeking statements of work from the SDDOT for the OJT/SS program. Any interested applicant needs to complete the statement of work and submit it by April 14, 2012. For more information please review this document or contact June Hansen at 605-773-3540.

All submissions should be sent to:

South Dakota Department of Transportation
ATTN: June Hansen
700 East Broadway Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-2586
Fax: 605.773.4442
Email: june.hansen@state.sd.us

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