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Requirements for Contracts with On-The-Job Training Provisions

The On-the-Job Training (OJT) program exists to help expand the pool of qualified women, minorities, veterans and disadvantaged persons in the construction industry. At its core it simply provides training for those groups in construction related fields (e.g., welder, electrician, highway surveyor). Federally funded ADOT projects sometimes require that contractors have an OJT program goal to train a certain number of OJT Trainees for a certain minimum number of hours.

OJT Goals

Contractors working on Federal-aid funded construction projects may be required to provide On-the-Job Training (OJT) for some number of women, minority, veteran and disadvantaged trainees specified in your contract. The particular OJT goals are set by the Business Engagement and Compliance Office (BECO) and are based on the total size of all contracts a firm has with ADOT within a given year. As of August 2015, 1 OJT trainee position was required for companies with a combined contract amount of up to $2 million, with more OJT trainee positions required as the contract amounts go beyond that. Further, that trainee is required to complete at least 1,000 hours of training during a 12-month period.

OJT Program Guidelines

ADOT updated their OJT program in summer 2015, providing a new OJT program structure. It is currently a pilot program intended to be revised September 2016 before being rolled out on October of 2016. The new program guidelines set requirements for acceptable training programs, trainee wages, trainee recruitment, program reporting and other aspects of the OJT program. More information on OJT program guidelines can be found on the ADOT website. 

OJT Forms

Various OJT related forms may be found in the BECO section of the ADOT website, including

  • OJT Goal Request
  • OJT Trainee Enrollment
  • OJT Monthly Report
  • OJT Annual Trainee Report
  • OJT Annual Contractor Report
  • OJT Trainee Completion-Termination
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