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Feb. 16, 2021

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MnDOT exceeds 2020 On-the-Job Training Program goal

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s On-the-Job Training program (OJT) placed 196 trainees in jobs in highway construction careers in 2020, exceeding its original goal of 190 trainees, the agency said today.

“The OJT program’s goal is to create a more diverse workforce by providing journey-level training in highway construction to people of color, women and disadvantaged populations,” said Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. “This is the third consecutive year that we have accomplished this goal.”  

Nearly 40 percent of the 2020 trainees identified as female. 29 percent of all trainees identified as Hispanic or Latino, 27 percent Caucasian, 21 percent African American, 15 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 7 percent Asian or Pacific Islander and 2 percent as two or more ethnicities.

The following career trainings were offered:

  • Truck driver
  • Pile Driver
  • Machine operator
  • Laborer
  • Iron Worker
  • Project Management
  • Pipefitter
  • Cement Mason
  • Carpenter

Responsibility for the program – from establishing goals to recruitment and training — is a collaboration between MnDOT, the Federal Highway Administration, Tribal Governments, training providers, community-based organizations and construction contractors.
“We are especially grateful to our partners, who continue to help the OJT program and its trainees thrive year after year,” Anderson Kelliher said.

More information is available at mndot.gov/civilrights/pdf/ojt/ojt-prog-overview.pdf.