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On-the-Job Training Program

Program Training Requirements

Construction contracts awarded by (CDOT) require prime contractors to offer on-the-job training aimed at developing full journey workers in a trade or job classification on the awarded project (OJT Special Provision). Each contract specifies the minimum number of training hours that must be met.

The minimum length and type of training for each skilled craft shall be as established in the training program selected by the Contractor and approved by FHWA, the U. S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Office of Apprenticeship, or recognized state apprenticeship agency. The contractor must provide training hours to meet or exceed the goal set for the project. Failure to comply with OJT requirements may result in the withholding of progress payments and/or the assessment of damages.

Trainees who work on highway construction projects that are federally assisted in whole or in part, and who are not properly enrolled in an OJT program described, will be deemed journey level workers and must be paid FULL Davis-Bacon wages.

Contractors must submit documentation through the CDOT Engineer for approvals and credited hours.

Prime contractors can fulfill their OJT obligation with one of the following options:

The Standard Training Program

To participate in the Standard Training Program, the contractor must submit a training plan for approval by CDOT/FHWA or USDOL.

Contractors can use this program to fulfill OJT obligations on CDOT and non-CDOT (approvals required) projects. The contractor may use subcontractors that are in an approved program to help with OJT participation. Under the Standard Training Program, the reimbursement rate for hours worked on the CDOT project is $2.00 per hour.

U.S. DOL-BAT Approved Training Program or Recognized State Apprenticeship Agency

Contractors may receive credit for hours that trainees work on CDOT and non-CDOT projects (approvals required), but will only be reimbursed for CDOT project work at the rate of $2.00 per hour. Training may be provided only by USDOL approved sponsors, such as industry organizations or unions.

Developing Your Own OJT Program

Contractors may write their own program and submit for approvals. The reimbursement rate for hours worked is $2.00 per hour.

For a toolkit on developing an OJT program, contact Monica Vialpando at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the difference between a trainee and an apprentice?

A trainee is defined as “a person who received on-the-job training, whether through an apprenticeship program or other programs approved or accepted by the FHWA (23 CFR 230.103).

An apprentice is a worker at least 16 years of age who is employed to learn an apprenticeable occupation and who is fulfilling the requirements of the apprenticeship program pursuant to 29 CFR Part 29.

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