WASHINGTON, DC- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Highway Administration has awarded a total of $383,451 to the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) for the On-the-Job Training and Supportive Services program, which provides employment services to highway construction contractors and assistance to construction apprentices and trainees. Among the services provided are outreach, recruitment, orientation, assessment, job referral, and construction related training.
Of the $383,451 awarded to ALDOT, the following programs will receive funding:
$284,092 for the Highway Construction Recruitment, Training, and Employment Program for Displaced Workers. This program provides highway construction recruitment, hands-on experience, supportive services, and placement to skilled minorities, women, and disadvantaged individuals displaced by plant, factory, and business closings in Alabama to increase participation in the highway construction industry.
$99,359 for the Skilled Trainee-to-Hire Program. This program provides on-the-job training with heavy equipment and a comprehensive commercial driving license training course to increase the participation of women, minorities, and disadvantaged individuals in the highway construction industry's workforce.
"The On-the-Job Training and Supportive Services program offers a much needed opportunity to Alabamians that are in need of work by giving them the skills and training needed to join the lucrative highway construction workforce," said Shelby.