On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Notice of Request for Proposal On-the-Job Training Supportive Services
Highway Construction Workforce Pilot Project
Highway Construction Career Awareness Course Development & Implementation

The South Dakota Department of Transportation (SDDOT) is soliciting proposals for development and implementation of a Highway Construction Career Awareness Course. This project is funded with Federal-aid through the Federal Highway Administration.

South Dakota highway construction industry is facing a shortage of qualified applicants for even entry-level positions. It lacks the applicant pool to generate a stable workforce to adequately train and retain employees. There is an untapped resource of potential applicants who may not be aware of the career opportunities in the Highway Construction Industry. A “Construction 101” awareness course is needed to fill the gap by providing basic information about the careers in the highway construction industry and basic awareness of expectations and requirements. The course is being developed for adult learners.

Those interested in submitting a Proposal should download the complete Notice of Request for Proposals link to download RFP.

Inquiries received and responses

Proposals should be directed to June Hansen; Office of Legal Counsel, SDDOT; 700 East Broadway Avenue; Pierre, SD, 57501-2586; and must be received no later than January 31, 2018 at 5 p.m. (CST). Both one hard copy and one electronic copy (Adobe PDF format preferred) of the Proposal must be included in the submittal. Questions regarding this Request for Proposal should be emailed to June Hansen at june.hansen@state.sd.us by 5 p.m. (CST), January 19, 2018.


The On-the-Job Training Program is used to direct training opportunities to minority, female and economically disadvantaged individuals. The purpose of the training is to develop marketable skills for the individuals and allow them to gain journey worker status in highway construction crafts.

Each year certain projects are designated to have Trainee slots. The OJT Special Provision is added to the contract for those designated projects.

The new approved OJT program is effective March 14, 2016. Any current trainees in the prior OJT Program will be transferred to the new program. Projects let under the prior special provision will be updated by construction change order to include the new provision so that any new trainees will be able to benefit from the new OJT Program.

To assist in the transition to the new OJT Program, a list of Frequently Asked Questions and a presentation on the OJT Program update has been developed. Additional questions should be directed to June Hansen at 605-773-3540 or june.hansen@state.sd.us

NEW OJT Forms & Instructions:

All OJT registrations and monthly status reports should be sent to:

South Dakota Department of Transportation
ATTN: June Hansen
700 East Broadway Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-2586
Fax: 605.773.4442
Email: june.hansen@state.sd.us

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