Participation in the FREE Highway-Heavy Construction Workers Training Program (HHCWTP) requires that you are a resident of St. Paul and/Ramsey County, have a high school diploma or GED, possess a valid Driver’s License and that you know basic math and reading.
The ten-week Highway Heavy Construction Workers Training Program is a specialized pre-apprentice laborer training program that may help you to get an entry-level highway construction job with private construction companies.Trainees will be prepared to work on bike trails,bridges,and highway projects.
The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Minnesota WorkForce Centers have partnered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to deliver a program designed to help minorities and women who live close to St. Paul/Minneapolis, Owatonna, Duluth, Bemidji and Mankato get jobs.
MCS and its partners provide training sessions in life skills, environmental and building trades.MCS is now accepting pre-applications for training.
For additional information, please contact: Jose Santos, Jr. at 651-771-9339, or firstname.lastname@example.org
To qualify for this opportunity, by the time the training begins, you must:
MCS begins accepting pre-applications in July of each year. Beginning in mid-September MCS offers weekly advance preparation and remedial math classes to assist potential students prepare to apply for the training program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn more about the construction trade by hearing a variety of speakers, such as construction workers, previous graduates and union trainer. Attending these weekly classes also allow potential students to address any issues that may prevent them from qualifying for the program. Assistance and resources are offered to address driver’s license issues, legal concerns.
In January interested individuals attend a one-day event to test in reading and math. Interviews are held with those who pass the tests and the training begins the beginning of February.
MCS and its partners provide training in the following: life skills, environmental and the building trades, soft skills including first aid/CPR, math and reading comprehension, OSHA 30, confined space, HAZMAT, physical fitness, pre-apprenticeship training in the trades, job acquisition skills, resume writing, job retention skills, computer basics and interviewing skills
Upon completion MCS staff assist graduates in finding and keeping union jobs. Program staff refer graduates to contractors for interviews and job placement
2014 MnDOT-DEED Highway Heavy Construction Training Program
Take time to research your skills, interests and abilities to determine whether or not construction jobs are the right career for you. You should make sure that you are aware of the many different occupations in this industry and also which ones appear to be promising for steady work in the future.
Here’s some information that can help get you started.
Go to www.ISEEK.org and explore construction programs.
Another great way for you to learn more about careers is to visit your local MN WorkForce Center. Many of them have free workshops that help you research careers and/or find employment.