ODOT BOLI Apprentices


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Build Oregon may be able to assist current Oregon-registered apprentices meet basic expenses during training such as:

  • Travel Assistance – If you are being dispatched and travel 60+ miles from home to the worksite, or if you are attending apprentice training 60+ miles from your home, you may qualify to be reimbursed for your mileage.
  • Lodging / Meal Assistance – If you are being dispatched and travel 60+ miles and incur overnight costs to get to your worksite / training center, you may qualify to be reimbursed for these costs.
  • Daycare Assistance – For your child(ren) under 12 years old.
  • Mentoring / Advocacy Assistance – Free help is available for assistance with work-related issues.
  • 1-on-1 Career Counseling with a Workforce Specialist.
  • Basic Skills Development assistance.
  • Tools / Work Gear of Personal Protective Equipment.

Pre-Apprentice Program

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided $3 million to GSA for on-the-job pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training programs registered with the Dept. of Labor, for construction, repair and alteration projects funded by the Act.
  • Pre-apprenticeship programs include on-the-job training, classroom training and work-life training in the construction industry.
  • Two awards have been made: Oregon Trades Women, Inc. of Portland, Oregon and Community Services Agency of Metro Washington Council AFL-CIO of Washington, D.C.

– December 2009: AFL-CIP Program graduated 20 students 

– December 2009: OTW Program graduated 23 students

Source: Women Construction Owners and Executives’ American Recovery and Reinvestment Act presentation

Frequenty Asked Questions

  • What types of services are offered?
    1. Travel: First Year Apprentices, if you travel 60 miles or more to a jobsite for work or to a classroom for apprenticeship training, you may apply for mileage assistance.
    2. Lodging/Per Diem (meals-incidentals): First Year Apprentices, if you travel 60 miles or more and incur overnight expenses for work you may apply for lodging and per diem assistance (per diem will only be paid when staying in a commercial facility.)
    3. Daycare Support: You may apply for daycare support based on need. The rate paid will vary depending on the number of children, their ages, and the current year of the apprentice in training. Payments will be made directly to the provider, as long as you are working as an apprentice or attending required training. Providers must be either registered with the Child Care Division (CCD-Oregon) or listed on the Oregon (or WA) State registry maintained by the Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Care Subsidy Program.
    4. Tools & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): First Year Apprentices, if you are working in an apprentice position, you may apply for assistance to purchase required basic tools and/or PPE.
    5. Resource and Referral Assistance:
      1. One-on-one career counseling and/or budget workshop training.
      2. Support/advocate and mentoring for work related concerns.
      3. Referrals for other services (E.g., social services, continuing education).
  • How do I qualify?
    1. Must be an Oregon-registered Apprentice in a Heavy Highway trade; i.e. Operators, Carpenters, Iron Workers, Laborers, Cement Masons or Painters.
    2. Currently working or attending required training (for financial assistance only).
    3. Provide a copy of daycare provider’s certification/license from DHS and/or Child Care Division (CCD) along with a completedW-9.
    4. Contact Penny Painter for Intake information.
  • How long can I receive support? Apprentice must be working or attending training.
    1. Travel/mileage assistance is 50% of Federal GSA rate with a maximum $500 per apprentice.
    2. Lodging assistance is 100% of Federal GSA rate, minus any lodging assistance provided by other sources, with a maximum of $1,000 per apprentice in a commercial facility (hotel/motel).
    3. Per Diem (meals/incidentals) assistance is 100% of the Federal GSA rate, minus any per diem provided by other sources.
    4. Daycare assistance maximum is $6,000 per apprentice. Daycare is paid at a percentage of the actual costs, based on how long the apprentice is registered in the apprenticeship.
      • One hundred percent (100%) for one year from the first of the month following the date of the apprentice registration:
      • Seventy-five percent (75%) for one year following the end of eligibility at the 100% reimbursement rate:
      • Fifty percent (50%) from one year following the end of eligibility at the 75% reimbursement rate:
      • Twenty-five percent (25%) from the end of eligibility at the 50% reimbursement rate to the date of final action. (The date of final action means the individual has either reached their maximum assistance level and/or the date the individual ceases to be in the apprentice program for whatever reason.)
    5. Tool & PPE maximum is $500 per apprentice, provided on an as needed basis
    6. Basic telephone service (ask staff for details).
    7. Must supply jobsite name and location, along with copies of check stubs and/or training schedule for days assistance is provided.
    8. Ask how to qualify for more funding.

Maximum funding per apprentice is $1,500 per month (for any combination of services)


For further information and to request services contact Penny Painter
Direct 503.205.4769
Email contact is penny.painter@akana.us

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