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OREGON & SOUTHERN IDAHO LABORERS-EMPLOYERS TRAINING TRUST

 

 

APPRENTICE SERVICES

The Oregon Southern Idaho Laborers-Employers Training School has contracts with ODOT and BOLI to provide apprentices with supportive services. Read on to see what could be available to you to help you take or keep a job or maintain your status as an apprentice.

  • Fuel assistance program-provides reimbursement based on mileage for travel to work or training.
  • Per diem assistance program-provides reimbursement for travel-related expenses for food and/ or lodging.
  • Childcare assistance program-supplemental assistance for childcare costs when you are working or at training. Childcare provider must be registered with state agencies.
  • Tool and clothing assistance-select from industry standard tools and/ or work clothing to help you take or keep a job.
  • Cellular telephone assistance-provides basic monthly service so that you can take a call to accept a dispatch.
These programs have specific guidelines that determine your eligibility. Both programs are designed for temporary assistance, so they will provide limited funding to supplement your on-the-job income.

FUEL ASSISTANCE GUIDELINES

Apprentices can utilize funds for allowable travel expenses to maintain employment and report to work. Fuel assistance must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Mileage for a private owned vehicle is reimbursable to apprentices traveling between the your home, the local Union Hall and the work site.
  2. You will be required to show evidence of financial need that would not allow you to report to work or maintain employment. You must be out of work for at least the last week, or two out of the last four weeks.
  3. Mileage will be reimbursed for travel at the current rate of 54 cents per mile.
  4. Training program staff will determine your eligibility and the award you can receive.
 

FUEL ASSISTANCE AWARD PROCEDURE

If the apprentice is in dire financial circumstance, the training center may issue an advance gas debit card or check based on the anticipated qualifying mileage. Any eligible fuel assistance not provided in advance will be reimbursed after the apprentice submits a reimbursement request. Staff will analyze the most appropriate procedure after an oral interview with apprentice.

The following is what will normally happen:

  1. When we call you for a dispatch and you accept it, we'll ask you if you need fuel assistance. If you need it to get to the job, we'll arrange to provide you with an advance in the form of a fuel debit card. You must sign an acknowledgement when receiving any kind of advance.
  2. To receive full reimbursement, you must submit a request to us that documents the mileage you have traveled (up to 300 miles) and a Monthly Progress Report showing the corresponding days that you worked.
  3. Training program staff will evaluate your documentation and, if acceptable, the Training Director will approve and authorize payment.
  4. If you fail to submit any required documentation, you may be ineligible for fuel assistance and/ or subject to disciplinary action.


 

PER DIEM ASSISTANCE GUIDELINES

Funds can be utilized for allowable travel expenses (meals and lodging) for apprentices to maintain employment and report to work. Per Diem assistance must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Financial aid will be directed to assist apprentices in accepting job referrals and to maintain employment.
  2. Apprentice will be required to show evidence of financial need that would prohibit ability to report to work and maintain employment.
  3. Apprentices be at least 60 miles from the job to be eligible.
  4. Per Diem will be based at standard rates for State of Oregon. These rates vary by location and are subject to change without notice.
  5. Emphasis will be given to apprentices in the 1st and 2nd periods of apprenticeship.

 
 

PER DIEM ASSISTANCE AWARD PROCEDURE

Per Diem assistance awards can be advanced in the form of lodging arrangements or other assistance as determined by program staff or reimbursed after the travel has occurred.  Any eligible per diem assistance not provided in advance will be reimbursed after the apprentice submits a reimbursement request. Staff will analyze the most appropriate procedure after an oral interview with apprentice.

The following is what will normally happen:

  1. To receive full reimbursement, you must submit a request to us that documents the travel expenses (meals and/or lodging) that you incurred and a Monthly Progress Report showing the corresponding days that you worked.
  2. Training program staff will evaluate your documentation and, if acceptable, the Training Director will approve and authorize payment.
  3. If you fail to submit any required documentation, you may be ineligible for fuel assistance and/ or subject to disciplinary action.

Additional Services

For more information on childcare, tools and work clothing, or cellular service, please call the Training Center and ask for Jorge.