• The (Alternate) On-the-Job Training Program was created by by the Federal Highway Administration to accelerate the flexible expansion of the diverse pool of qualified women, minorities, veterans and disadvantaged persons in the North Carolina highway construction industry.​

    The N.C. Department of Transportation administers a custom version of the mandated federal On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program, commonly referred to as the Alternate On-the-Job Training Program. At the beginning of each year, all contractors are contacted by the OJT program staff to determine the number of trainees to enroll. At that time, the contractors enter into an agreement with the Department to provide a self-operated On-the-Job Training program throughout the year. This agreement includes a specific number of annual training slots, and this office assists in monitoring contractor goal obtainment and trainee completion of approved classifications.

    Participants can be trained for positions such as carpenters, concrete finishers, construction equipment operators, surveyors, computer-aided design operators, and truck drivers - plus many others. In North Carolina, trainees can work on any project within the state; it is contractor - not contract - based OJT.

    Program Objectives:

    • Provide hands-on, on-the-job training programs to increase the level of skills needed in the highway construction industry for trainees.
    • Certify trainees after completing the program with the skillset of a trained classification.

    Trainee Benefits:

    • Instruction in skilled crafts and related occupational skills.
    • The trainee will obtain a certificate confirming their status as a journeyman in the highway construction sector upon graduation​.

    Contractor Benefits:

    • The NCDOT's Alternative OJT Program allows the contractor to receive training on any federal or state job in North Carolina, and training can be spread over many positions.
    • ​Contractors also have the ability to recruit, train, and keep a talented and diverse workforce.
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