FDOT to offer free construction careers prep course


The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Roads to Jobs Life Skills for Construction Careers course will be held at the Florida State College at Jacksonville Urban Resource Center, located at 601 West State St., June 11 to 14 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

The course, which offers training in entry-level construction math, road construction terminology, communication and grammar skills, road construction safety and resume and interview preparation, is designed to help job seekers be better prepared to meet with potential employers in the road construction industry.

“There is a great need for skilled workers in the road and bridge construction industry in Florida, and that workforce gap is a challenge for construction contractors who have jobs to fill,” said Jill Cappadoro, project principal for Quest Corporation of America, Inc. (Quest), which facilitates the course. “The Roads to Jobs course is designed to help job seekers increase their confidence with basic life skills so that they are more prepared for entry-level positions in the industry.”

Candidates who successfully complete the course are added to FDOT’s OnBoard4Jobs Construction Careers database and referred for available positions with FDOT-registered road construction contractors. Participants must pass a drug and background screening, be 18 years of age and physically capable of performing manual labor. Available positions include general laborer, pipe fitter, concrete worker, carpenter, paving worker, welder and more. Many contractors also offer on-the-job training with no experience required. The Roads to Jobs Life Skills for Construction Careers course is administered by Quest on behalf of FDOT.

For more information or to register for the course, visit www.roadstojobs.com, email roadstojobs@qcausa.com or call (855) 219-4931.