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April 21, 2014

Early stages of concrete pump operator certification being developed in B.C.

A joint proposal for concrete pump operator certification is being developed by the B.C Construction Safety Alliance and the B.C. Ready-Mixed Concrete Association.

April 16, 2014

B.C. government forms liquefied natural gas working group

Construction unions in B.C. are supporting a new Liberal government initiative to supply an adequate number of skilled labourers to build a new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry in the province by 2020, but some say it's too little, too late.

March 24, 2014

Push to get youth into trades experiencing growing pains

With an expected shortage of more than 30,000 skilled workers and less than one in 30 high school students entering the trades after graduation, the B.C. construction industry has been encouraging more young people to enter the skilled trades.

March 10, 2014

CAWIC funded to create action plan to attract women

Julie Fros, a single mother of four, is proud of the work she does.

March 5, 2014

Open textbooks are key to skills training

BCcampus is a publicly-funded organization that is mandated to serve B.C.'s post-secondary sector on our shared journey to the next generation of educational tools that will keep our workforce globally competitive.

March 5, 2014

Industry reacts as details emerge about job grant agreement

The premiers of Canada's provinces and territories have reached an agreement in principle with the federal government on the Canada Job Grant, despite serious concerns about the design of the program.

February 26, 2014

Alberta and B.C. expected to lead job creation boom

Alberta and British Columbia are expected to lead Canada in the creation of new construction jobs over the next 10 years, as national economic activity continues to shift to the west.

February 24, 2014

Skilled workforce development in B.C.

B.C.'s economy is growing. One consequence of that growth is, as B.C. Christy Clark Premier remarked, "A cumulative gap of 22,000 to 32,000 technical and trades workers in B.C., if we do not take appropriate action".

February 17, 2014

B.C. industry leaders approve of federal budget

Construction leaders in B.C. are applauding the 2014 federal budget, which focuses on apprenticeship and skills training, but some are concerned the deficit is being eliminated too quickly and it could cause an economic slump.

February 10, 2014

Canada Apprentice Loan unveiled in 2014 federal budget

The creation of the Canada Apprentice Loan reinforces the importance of the apprenticeship training system to industries like construction for future labour market needs, says the head of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA).

July 14, 2008

University of the Fraser Valley combines trades training with academics

In the world of construction-industry professional development, there is a facility in the Fraser Valley that is definitely marching to its own drummer.

July 14, 2008

Concerns voiced over plans to make ironworkers trade more specialized

The British Columbia Industry Training Authority (BCITA) is in the process of updating the ironworkers trade certification by making the designation more specialized, but some people in the industry believe the changes will harm the trade.

July 14, 2008

Construction employment awaits many CORE graduates

Tradeworks Training Society offers a number of construction-related training programs, but one in particular aims to get disadvantaged inner city residents onto the Vancouver Olympic Athletes Village worksite in about eight weeks.

July 14, 2008

Youth strut their stuff at 14th Canadian Skills Competition

Canadian students and apprentices competed in Canada’s largest national trade competition in Calgary for a chance to qualify for the 2009 WorldSkills Competition.

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