For questions on the components of the Terminal Workforce Enhancement Program (TWEP), including the Workforce Training, Child Care and Transportation Programs, please review the following frequently asked questions. For additional questions or to be notified when programs become available, please email us at email@example.com.
Workforce Training Program
1. Will I have a job if I participate in the Workforce Training Program?
Program completion is not a guarantee of job placement. However, the curriculum will be aligned with the project’s construction timeline to maximize the number of individuals who are ready and able to work on the New Terminal project. The training program is designed to provide participants with both the skills needed for various construction trades and insight into the construction industry. Subcontractors working on the Project are contractually obligated to hire graduates of the program.
2. What do the jobs pay?
The New Terminal Project is a prevailing wage project. Wages will vary among trades. Union employees will earn a competitive wage and benefits package. In an apprenticeship program, a first-year apprentice will make less than a fifth-year apprentice as incremental raises will be received as apprentice levels increase. Additionally, there will be differences in wages for skilled trades and highly-skilled trades.
3. How long will the jobs last?
Job lengths will vary among trades and stages of the New Terminal Project. For example, concrete finishers will be utilized for various components and jobs will be available throughout the course of the Project. Other more unique trades may have a very specific, targeted scope of work and will only be involved for a short period of time. We encourage our subcontractors to retain participants of the program for future projects they have once their work on the New Terminal Project is complete.
4. Can I still participate in the Workforce Training Program if I have a criminal background?
A criminal background will not automatically disqualify you from the Program. We do reserve the right to turn away participants with criminal backgrounds based on the date of conviction, severity of crime or other factors as appropriate.
5. Am I able to work on the New Terminal Project if I have a criminal background?
Employment eligibility with a criminal background will vary depending on the length of time since conviction and severity of crime.
6. Do I need to speak English to participate in the Workforce Training Program or work on the New Terminal Project?
There are educational and pre-vocational services available that can prepare individuals to meet the language requirements of one or more registered apprenticeship programs. Please note that apprenticeship exams are administered in English.
7. Do I have to have a HS diploma or GED to be eligible for this program or work on the New Terminal Project?
Yes. Applicants are required to have a high school diploma or GED to be eligible for the Workforce Training Program. This program is designed to prepare participants to enter a registered apprenticeship program, which has the same educational eligibility requirements.
8. What does it mean to have “basic math and reading skills”?
Some trades will require geometry, algebra or the ability to accurately read a measuring device. Reading skills are required to take the aptitude exam.
9. What does the application process look like to participate in the Workforce Training Program?
Applicants will be required take and pass a basic skills assessment, followed by oral interviews.
10. Will I be a member of a union while working and will I be required to pay member dues?
95% of the jobs on the New Terminal Project will be union-based. If you become a union member, you will be required to pay dues.
11. Do I have to have construction experience to be eligible for the Program?
Previous construction experience is not necessary to apply for the Program. The objective of the program is to help build workforce capacity, so if you have interest in construction but don’t know where to start, this Program is right for you.
12. What can I expect after the Workforce Training Program?
Once program participants have successfully completed the three-week training program, they will be placed in a database of pre-qualified workers. This database will be utilized by local subcontractors that are contractually required to hire graduates from the Program to work on the KCI New Terminal & Parking Project.
Child Care with Extended Hours Program
1. Where will participating child care centers be located?
We will partner with 2-3 conveniently located licensed child care providers to supplement the cost of extended service hours to better accommodate jobsite workers’ schedules (mornings and evenings). Results of the TWEP Survey will be used to determine the need, hours, and number of child care providers required to support the project.
2. What will it cost per child?
Individual child care expenses are not covered under this program. The program will pay for the licensed child care facility to extend its available hours of operation to include early morning drop-offs and late-day pick-ups so families are not constrained by limitations of “normal” work day hours (8am-5pm).
3. Will I have help paying for child care?
Individual child care expenses are not covered under this program. The Child Care with Extended Hours Program will compensate licensed child care providers for expenses related to extend their hours of operation.
4. What will be the hours of operation?
Results of the TWEP Survey will be used to determine the need, hours, and number of child care providers to support the project.
5. Will this service only be available on days when I am working on the project?
1. Where will the routes be for the bus routes to the airport?
Results of the TWEP Survey will be used to determine the ridership demand and the locations of pick-up/drop-off points. It is estimated that at least two pick-up/drop-off points will be required. The bus routes will be determined once the pick-up/drop-off locations are decided.
2. What will the hours for pick-up and drop-off be?
Results of the TWEP Survey will be used to determine the times and locations of pick-up/drop-off points.
3. I don’t live in Jackson County. Will I still be able to participate in the transportation program?
The transportation program will be available to all individuals working on the project if they choose to utilize the program.
4. Is there a place to park my vehicle at one of the bus stops so I can access the bus transportation?
Results of the TWEP Survey will be used to determine the locations of pick-up/drop-off points. Parking availability will be determined once pick-up/drop off locations have been identified. We will make every effort to select locations that have ample personal vehicle parking availability, however this can not be guaranteed.
5. Will there be assistance getting to the bus pick-up and drop-off site?
Participants will be responsible for getting to and from the public transportation pick-up and drop-off locations.
6. What happens if I miss the bus?
Individuals are responsible for arriving at the bus stop prior to its departure time. Buses will not return to pick up late riders. However, based on the results of the TWEP Survey, there may be more than one pick-up/drop-off time available.