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On-the-Job Training Program


The primary objective of the MnDOT On-the-Job Training Program is to offer equal opportunity for the training and upgrading of minorities, women, and disadvantaged persons toward journey-level status in the highway construction trades.

The OJT Program involves shared responsibilities between the FHWA, MnDOT and the construction contractors. Some responsibilities include:

  • Establishing an annual OJT trainee goal
  • Assigning trainees and hours goal to projects
  • Assigning annual OJT trainees and hours goal to contractors
  • Recruiting and training minorities, women and disadvantaged persons

What is MnDOT's authority to have an OJT Program?

Per 23 CFR 230.11, MnDOT has an established OJT Program and an OJT Special Provision that has been approved by FHWA. This special provision is located in the Contract Special Provisions, Division S – Part B, S-41 (2041) On-the-Job Training Program.

How does the OJT Program apply to projects?

Before a project is advertised, it will be evaluated for an OJT goal. An OJT goal includes the minimum number of individual trainees, and a total number of hours that a contractor should utilize on a project. OJT goals are set after considering a number of factors such as:

  • Length of the contract
  • Amount of the contract
  • Type of work in the contract
  • Need for additional journey level workers in the area
  • Availability of minorities, women, and other disadvantaged persons for training
  • Other applicable guidelines

OJT program proposal (PDF)
Once a project with an OJT goal is awarded, the Apparent Low Bidder must submit an OJT Program Proposal form stating the anticipated trades, and potential sources for recruiting OJT trainees. 

OJT trainee application (PDF)
The contractor must submit an OJT Trainee Application each calendar year for all trainees.

OJT reimbursement
The contractor is then eligible for hourly reimbursement up to the goal of the contract. MnDOT may pay bonus incentives if the OJT is a graduate of a MnDOT OJT Supportive Services Program, and if the contractor assigned that trainee a mentor. Contractors must provide their trainees a copy of their training plan and a certificate of how many hours of training were completed.

Where can I find the OJT Special Provisions and forms?

The OJT Special Provisions and accompanying forms are all located on our forms page.

What happens if a contractor doesn't meet the OJT goal?

If a contractor does not meet the OJT goal for a project – trainee and/or hours goal – it must provide MnDOT's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) with a written explanation of the good faith efforts made to reach the goal. For more information, visit the On-the-Job Training Good Faith Effort page.

What are the On-the-Job Training supportive services programs?

The purpose of OJT Supportive Services program is to develop projects and initiatives that will enhance the state’s administration of the federal OJT program and to increase the pool of qualified minorities, women and disadvantaged individuals in the highway heavy construction trades. The MnDOT Office of Civil Rights Business and Program Development team manages the OJT Supportive Services Programs.

To find out if a trainee graduated from a MnDOT OJT Supportive Services Program, request a certificate of completion from the trainee or contact the MnDOT Office of Civil Rights.

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