Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Feb. 12, 2019

MnDOT exceeds 2018 On-the-Job Training program goal

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today that its On-the-Job Training  program placed or retained 167 trainees in careers in 2018, surpassing its original goal of 160 trainees. The OJT program seeks to create a diverse workforce through training people of color, women and disadvantaged people in highway heavy construction as they move toward journey-level status.

Responsibility for the program, from establishing goals to recruitment and training, is a collaboration between MnDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and construction contractors.

“Many stakeholders help get new trainees onto projects. Unions, Department of Employment and Economic Development, training providers, community organizations and ultimately the contractors all play a big role in making this program and the trainees successful,” said Chris Clarke, MnDOT’s OJT Coordinator. “The agency is  grateful for their efforts in exceeding the 2018 OJT goal.”

The 2019 OJT goal is 190 trainees and Clarke said MnDOT’s Office of Civil Rights looks forward to continue helping historically underserved populations launch meaningful careers in the highway construction industry.

More information is available at: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/civilrights/pdf/ojt/ojt-prog-overview.pdf