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Road construction workers -- Oregon -- Planning, Apprenticeship programs -- Oregon, Labor supply -- Oregon, Job creation -- Oregon, Manpower policy -- Oregon, Occupational training


The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) have partnered in a statewide effort—the Highway Construction Workforce Development Program—to recruit, train, and employ a diverse workforce for highway construction jobs throughout the state. This program, begun in 2010, supports a variety of initiatives designed to improve the recruitment and retention of women and people of color in Oregon’s highway construction trades. The programs evaluated in this report include the following: preapprenticeship programs, supportive services providing financial assistance (i.e., fuel assistance; support for overnight travel; childcare; work clothes, tools, and protective equipment; hardship funds) and supportive services providing non-financial assistance (i.e., budget class, social support). This report provides findings based on data from the Oregon Apprenticeship System (OAS) and interviews with 26 individuals who either completed or terminated an apprenticeship in 2018-2019. Overall, this evaluation finds that the Highway Construction Workforce Development Program is improving the recruitment and retention of a diverse construction workforce.


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