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Advice and Mentorship to Boost Completion Rates

Apprenticeship Advisors By Megan Terepocki Julie Sawatsky, a member of the B.C. Regional Council of Carpenters, is one of five new apprenticeship advisors hired by the Industry Training Authority (ITA) this fall. “I see the job as a real support for workers, being a...

Hiring women is smart

By Corry Anderson-Fennell - BCBT Communications Director There is a crisis in construction, and women are part of the solution. According to BuildForce Canada, 254,800 people, or 21 per cent of the current construction workforce, is expected to retire by 2027. That’s...

Labour lawyer, activist to take reins of BC Building Trades

Labour lawyer Andrew Mercier will take the reins of the B.C. Building Trades Council as executive director next month. Mercier will replace Tom Sigurdson, who joined the council in 2010 after a lengthy career in political and legislative affairs. Sigurdson will remain...

What is Red Seal certification?

The Red Seal program is the interprovincial standard of excellence in the skilled trades. It is the highest standard of training in the country, and the minimum level that the BC Building Trades believes is acceptable. What Red Seal training provides Along with...

Sheet Metal Workers bring in radical changes to training

By M. Malatesta   In the rapidly changing construction industry, building trades affiliates are continually upgrading and modernizing their training and apprenticeship programs and schools to meet new challenges. The Sheet Metal Workers Local 280 has undertaken...

When women rise, unions shine

By Corry Anderson-Fennell - BCBT Communications Director When Angeline Camille decided to become an electrician, one of the first people she told about her new career path was her grandmother. Grandma had some sage words of advice for her granddaughter: “Always...

Workers have boots on the ground at first CBA project

CBAs support our stated purpose: WE Build B.C. By David Hogben The first of thousands of construction workers — especially local people, First Nations and women — to be employed under B.C.’s new Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) put their tools to work in July...

Construction Trades Fair 2019

Hey, tradespeople! Do you like to win door prizes, get free food and make connections that can build your career? If so, don’t miss Construction Trades Job Fair taking place in Burnaby on Saturday, Oct. 5. Organized by affiliate unions of the BC Building Trades...

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