Toll-free: 1-866-252-2680 Amy Palo
OJT Support Services Coordinator 360-704-6314 Mellody Stell
Northwest Region EEO Officer 206-768-5899
The core task of the On the Job Training Support Services (OJT SS) Program is to assist minorities and females who desire to work and/or have a career in the construction trades by providing them gateways and paths to employment in the construction trades.
The OJT Support Services Unit is responsible for assisting contractors in finding qualified minorities and females to meet identified workforce shortages and for identifying paths and gateways to entry-level apprenticeship and trainee programs for individuals desiring to go into the construction trades. The program also assists with job placement for minorities and females already qualified in one the construction trades listed below.
- Cement Mason
- Truck Driver
- Iron Worker
- Heavy Equipment Operator
- Pile Driver
This unit conducts statewide workshops providing information about the OJT/Support Services program such as the types of assistance that can be applied for. Listed below are areas of assistance the program offers:
- Tuition assistance
- Financial assistance for safety clothes
Consistent with the Washington State Legislature’s House Bill 2673 – Transportation Workforce Development , the WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) has worked with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) - Apprenticeship Division , and the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC) to implement a statewide Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
To develop a cohesive statewide program, OEO has partnered with organizations statewide to develop and support Pre-Apprenticeship Programs. These programs assist minorities, women and other socially and economically disadvantaged individuals gain family wage jobs in the construction trades.
There are many benefits to Apprenticeship:
- An apprentice, as an employee, receives supervised, structured on-the-job training combined with related technical instruction.
- A progressively increasing schedule of wages is based on the Journey Worker's hourly wage of the apprentice's occupation.
- Upon completing a one to five year apprenticeship, the worker receives an Apprenticeship Completion Certificate and is recognized as a qualified Journey Worker nationwide.
For further information regarding the benefits of Apprenticeship, please visit: L&I's Apprenticeship Benefits for Workers & Employers . WSDOT, L&I and the WSATC recognize that not everyone is ready for Apprenticeship and may need additional training in:
- Construction Math
- Blue Print Reading
- Construction Skills & Equipment
- Safety and CPR
- Flagging & Forklift Certification
- Other Areas
If you are interested in Apprenticeship but don’t have all the skills you need, please contact one of WSDOT’s partner Pre-Apprenticeship Programs. WSDOT may be able to provide financial support to the organization for you to participate in their Program:
- Seattle Vocational Institute’s Pre-Apprenticeship & Construction Training sviweb.sccd.ctc.edu or (206) 934-4950
- Alternative & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW) http://www.anewaop.org or (206) 381-1384
Title 23, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 230
Title 23, United States Code Section 140(b)
Title 23, United States Code Section 104(b)(3)
Title 23, United States Code, Section 144
Washington State Legislature’s House Bill 2673 – Transportation Workforce Development
Federal Highway Administration OJT and OJT SS
Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) - Apprenticeship Division
Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council (WSATC)
Alternative & Non-Traditional Employment for Women (ANEW)
Seattle Vocational Institute’s Pre-Apprenticeship & Construction Training
Washington Career Bridge - Finding the education and training you need to get the job you want.