The primary objective of the OJT Program is to offer equal opportunity for the training and upgrading of minorities, women, and disadvantaged persons toward journeyman status in the highway construction trades, and to establish a plentiful and well diverse pool of skilled workers for the highway construction industry. The OJT Program has been developed in accordance with 23 CFR 230, Appendix B to Subpart A (Training Special Provisions).
ODOT's OJT Program fulfills its objective through the following elements:
- The program is contractor-based and affords each contractor flexibility in selecting which projects trainees can be utilized.
- Encourages contractors to select individual trainees who can become members of the contractor’s regular workforce upon completion of their program.
- Emphasizes training in skilled-craft classifications using approved apprenticeship programs and other training programs approved by FHWA.
- Partners with the industry and community-based organizations capable of providing OJT supportive services to trainees.
- Encourages systematic and direct recruitment of trainees through a variety of referral services.
In addition to Contractor-Based goals, ODOT will also utilize Project Specific Goals on certain projects, as identified by the OJT Advisory Committee and in accordance with the goal setting criteria outlined in this On the Job Training Program Manual.