BOLI Seeks PreApprenticeship Proposals to Support Women Minorities in the Construction Trades

first_img Share. 0 The pre-apprenticeship programs – a partnership between BOLI and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) – will engage students and young adults about opportunities and potential careers as carpenters, cement masons, ironworkers, laborers, operating engineers, or painters. A total of $200,000 for the Population Specific Pre-Apprenticeship Training RFP will be divided into one to three winning proposals aimed at women and minority recruitment and retention for the highway construction trades. BOLI and ODOT will work to ensure that multiple ODOT regions are covered to the greatest extent possible.“Students can build a great career in the highway construction trades,” said Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian. “We want to ensure that all Oregonians – including women and minorities – have access to the skills and tools necessary to have a fair shot at a well-paying, family wage job.”The programs will seek to communicate career opportunities to traditionally underrepresented groups and create a support system for them to succeed in apprenticeship, especially during the first year of training. Career camps for students will be included in the programs. In addition, winning proposers will develop career guidance for those interested in highway construction trades and pre-employment counseling for graduates.During the past legislative session, Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland) and other legislative leaders helped passed Senate Bill 831A, which directs ODOT to spend up to $2.1 million of federal funds on construction workforce diversity and pre-apprenticeship training programs for women and minorities. The bill also provides resources for supportive services that remove barriers to participation.Interested parties can attend a pre-proposal conference on Thursday, September 26 at the DAS Building, 1225 Ferry Street SE in Salem. Teams should submit proposals by 2:30 PM on October 28 at the DAS/Procurement Services office in Salem. Successful proposers will start their 18-month programs on January 1, 2014. The RFP (#107-1509-13) is available on the Oregon Procurement Information Network (ORPIN) website.www.orpin.oregon.gov/open.dll/welcomeCharlie Burr Communications Director Bureau of Labor and Industries 800 NE Oregon St., Ste. 1045 Portland, OR 97232-2180971-673-0788 wk. 503-913-5407 cell. By CBN BOLI Seeks Pre-Apprenticeship Proposals to Support Women & Minorities in the Construction Trades Facebook Pinterest LinkedIncenter_img Twitter Google+ E-Headlines Tumblr on September 26, 2013 Emaillast_img read more