(ABC 6 NEWS) – If you are interested in a career in highway construction, this summer you have the opportunity to get the required education for free.

Free Highway and Heavy Construction Training by the City of Rochester, MnDOT, Destination Medical Center, Workforce Development Inc., and Laborers Local 405 have teamed up to deliver this free training on June 1st.

The training was made possible through a US $ 100,000 award from MnDOT for training, recruitment, review and placement with contractors. The course is aimed at minorities, women and disadvantaged people.

“We have a small number of women taking part in these projects and we really want them to take this opportunity to get an apprenticeship and receive interviews after graduation so they can get straight into a job this summer,” said the City of Rochester project manager, Jorrie Johnson.

Johnson said it has been a challenge for local contractors to attract more women to these type of jobs, especially highway and heavy construction jobs, due to the lack of training. Participants in the training can learn many different types of skills for future construction jobs.

“Some of the skills are soft skills for working in such an environment, others are real safety skills and making sure they know the safety protocols on a job site,” said Johnson.

Participants will also go to the twin cities to visit the Laborer’s Training Center, learn first aid and CPR, as well as other types of training required for these type of projects.

Employees can then work with these organizations for interviews and jobs that start at around $ 30 an hour, with benefits as well as a side rate that can go up to $ 52 an hour. You must be at least 18 years old to participate, have a valid MN driver’s license, and have passed the math and English exam pass. If you are a woman and / or a person of color, you will be asked to apply. The training takes place from June 1st to 25th at the RCTC from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To learn how to sign up and learn more, click here.