Training and advancement of women, minorities, and socially disadvantaged individuals to full journey-level status in under-represented trades is a primary objective of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program. The OJT Program is a mechanism for contractors to address under-representation issues within their workforce.
Federal-aid projects only are eligible for OJT inclusion. OJT goals are assigned on a per project basis and is determined by the WVDOH OJT Program Manager. Contractors may accomplish their OJT goals in conjunction with a trade union apprenticeship program or through a contractor’s independent program. The OJT Program Manager works with contractors prior to construction on a project commencing to determine how the OJT goals will be accomplished.
Individuals interested in developing experience to enter a skilled trade should contact contractors directly to inquire about trainee positions on specific highway construction projects. While the WVDOH establishes the project OJT goal, it is the contractors that selects and recommends applicants to the OJT Program Manager to work as trainees.
On-the-Job Training Supportive Services
The USDOT has notified State DOTs regarding funds for On-the-Job Training Supportive Services programs. State DOTs will respond to indicate whether they will seek such funds.
The WVDOT has determined that it will submit a Statement of Work to request these funds. The link below provides the most recent guidelines that are available for such submissions.
Persons or organizations interested in providing On-the-Job Training Supportive Services will be required to submit proposals to the WVDOT. Dates and specifics for such submissions will be posted on this web page.