On-The-Job Training Program



  • Working outside all summer in a physically demanding job?

  • Building a new bridge or roadway with a crew of hard-working people?

  • Making a livable wage and earning overtime pay?

  • Starting or advancing your career in highway construction?


On-The-Job Training (OJT) is an Equal Employment Opportunity affirmative action program. Primary objectives include training and upgrading of minorities and women toward journeyman status and increasing opportunities for populations who are underrepresented in Vermont's highway construction industry. Eligible candidates must be a woman, minority or disadvantaged person.

Every spring and summer we have paid training positions available on highway construction projects all over the state. Successful trainees usually have some experience or a strong interest in highway construction. The typical OJT position is 520 hours, but our goal is for trainees to become permanent, valued members of the contractor's workforce. See the OJT Program Manual for more information.

All of the 2019 positions have been filled. We have many opporities lined up for next year - check out the 2020 project list! It is updated regularly, so keep checking back for more information.

Interested in applying for a position? 

  • Complete our secure online application. Make sure you have names and phone numbers for two professional references before you start.
  • Download our print-friendly application and send it in to us.
  • Or contact Beth at (802) 522-4034 to receive a copy in the mail.

Once we receive your completed application, we will:

  • Work closely with you to decide if this is the right industry for you;

  • If it is, we will match your skills and interests to the needs of our paving, bridge, and roadway projects; and

  • Refer you to a highway construction firm for a job interview.

If you become an OJT, we will provide:

  • Ongoing support while you are in the program;

  • Personal protective equipment like steel-toed boots and reflective clothing (if needed); and

  • Access to low-cost highway construction related training through our subsidy program.

For the purpose of diversifying the workforce in highway construction, the term "minority" refers to women of any ethnicity and men of any ethnicity group that have historically faced discrimination or systemic socio-economic disadvantage, so much that there is a noticeable lack of diversity in the industry. The program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and is a direct result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, for the purpose of advancing non-discrimination and creating equal opportunity.

For more information contact:
Beth Meyer-Ehrich

Civil Rights Program Manager
Tel: (802) 522-4034