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November 18, 2021


MassDOT Seeking Bids for Pre-Apprentice Training Program


Federal Infrastructure Bill approval will increase need for jobs in construction and maintenance

Request for Response (RFR) to engage organizations, particularly those

serving low-income and minority youth


BOSTON – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Office of Diversity and Civil Rights (ODCR) is seeking proposals from qualified bidders able to provide Pre-Apprentice Training, with a concentration in transportation and/or highway construction to low-income, minority, youth, or young adult populations. The purpose of this Request for Response (RFR) is to secure the services of multiple organizations including public schools that can assist MassDOT by providing pre-apprenticeship training to eligible participants. The approval of the federal infrastructure bill will increase the need for jobs, especially in the construction and maintenance sectors.


Eligible bidders must demonstrate their qualifications and experience in the delivery of a comprehensive training program aimed at providing individuals with opportunities and exposure to transportation/highway construction careers in order to enhance the likelihood of a well-prepared and diverse transportation/and highway construction workforce for the future. The program must include, but is not limited to, outreach and recruitment; case management; contextualized literacy skills training; work readiness training; and career exploration in the transportation /highway construction career pathways. In addition, all program participants must receive instruction and skills that highway contractors and MassDOT find an integral part of business.


MassDOT is committed to investing in transportation/highway construction-related career education, skills training, and career paths with outreach and recruitment efforts focused on underrepresented groups including minorities, women, and disadvantaged workers.  Eligible Bidders include both non-profit and for-profit providers of training and education services.


MassDOT seeks proposals from training providers with the following competencies:


  • Demonstrated ability to successfully train and job place individuals from the targeted population.
  • Staff experience in providing case management.
  • Staff experience in engaging employers and strong employer involvement in program design.
  • Staffing structures which support the program proposed.


Pre-Apprenticeship Programs awarded under this grant must be approved as a “Registered Pre-Apprenticeship Program” and have agreements or will establish agreements with Registered Apprenticeship Programs.


The MassDOT RFR can be found online at CommBuys. All proposals are due by December 10, 2021.


A key goal of this program is to provide information and skills training that will lead to permanent careers in the transportation/highway construction industry. Individuals participating will be exposed to and encouraged to seek transportation/highway construction-related careers either internally at MassDOT or externally with MassDOT highway industry contractors.


MassDOT seeks to deliver pre-apprentice training to a minimum of 300 individuals per year. There are two qualifying groups of individuals eligible to participate in Pre-Apprentice programs. The first group (Group A) is the population enrolled in a vocational education program in a public school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The second group (Group B) is the out-of-school, low-income, minority, youth, or young adult population. Bidders should submit proposals reflecting the needs of the target population they intend to train.


As a result of this RFR, MassDOT intends to select two or more vendors to provide pre-apprentice training to eligible individuals. The training program must introduce participants to careers in the transportation/highway construction sector and focus on pre-apprenticeship and skill attainment for careers in the transportation/highway construction industry including career opportunities at MassDOT. Training should be provided that will prepare participants to work with local unions in skilled crafts generally associated with the heavy and highway industry or prepare participants for employment in the transportation/highway construction sector.





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