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Buildforce: Canadian Strategy For Meeting Construction Workforce Challenges
BuildForce report Canadian Industry Strategy For Meeting Construction and Maintenance Workforce Challenges summarizes owners, contractors, labour and government input into a national workforce development strategy. (PDF)
Industry Sectors

BC Gov: Minister Rich Coleman On BC Professional Residential Builders Institute
BC Minister Rich Coleman provides his views regarding the creation of a BC Professional Residential Builders Institute in this video of his speech at the CHBA Central Vancouver Island meeting on Oct. 9th 2008.

CHBA-BC: Continuing Education Portal
Canadian Home Builders Association of BC created the Continuing Education Portal to house all of their Continuing Education and Certification Programs.

CITN: BC Construction Industry Training Network
BC Construction Industry Training Network is the recognized authority on all construction industry workforce needs including: supply, recruitment, training, retention and best practices.

ITA: Listing Of BC Public & Private Training Providers
BC Industry Training Authority lists colleges, universities and private institutions that provide technical training for British Columbia's apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship programs.
Information Sources

BC Building Trades: Resources List On Careers In Construction
BC Building Trades lists career training institutions, joint training boards, public colleges, BC & other provincial resources, and construction industry resources. (PDF)

BC Housing: Education & Training Resources For BC Residential Construction
BC Housing's Education Providers & Training site explains how education providers have an integral role in B.C.ís builder licensing system: they are instrumental in delivering the required training to help applicants meet the licensing requirements. They provide sections on: Training for Continuing Professional Development; Qualifications training for new builders; Getting pre-approval to supply training; Verifiable attendance; Training approved.

BC Housing: Search Online For BC Licensed Residential Builder Education
BC Housing online Education Registry for Licensed Residential Builders allows you to search for courses and to see how many points are awarded for completing the course. You can search by the education provider name, area, course, workshop, seminar, etc.

Education Planner: Compare Post-Secondary Programs In BC
Education Planner is a publicly funded resource that allows you to compare post-secondary programs in BC. Education Planner helps learners make well-informed decisions about their education and career options.

Essential Skills In Construction: Resource Site For Educators & Trainers
Sustainable Essential Skills in Construction provides information and resources to help instructors and trainers in the construction industry improve their instructional practice and increase their apprentices' success in technical training.

Masters In Project Management: Links To Masters Degree Schools In The US
Masters In Project Management provides links to US schools that offer a master's degree in project management.

Service Canada: Federal Government Directory Of Training Links
Service Canada offers resources for job seekers, workers, professionals: find a job, examine job search strategies, explore career options, investigate employee rights and workplace issues, learn about training and financing your education.

Trades Training BC: Public Trades Training Programs & Schedules
Trades Training BC provides access to apprenticeship programs and training schedules for 16 public training institutions.
Issues & Performance

BC Gov: Labour Mobility Act
On March 9, 2009, British Columbia became the first Canadian province to introduce mobility to all trades and professions with Bill 9, the Labour Mobility Act.

BC Housing: New BC Builder Licensing Requirements
Under the Homeowner Protection Act regulations, BC Housing has established new qualifications and continuing education requirements for home builders constructing single-family homes and small residential buildings.

Measure Up: Resource Site On Canadian National Constriction Training Standards
BuildForce Canada site Measure Up presents the case for national standards and provides a forum where organizations and individuals can explore ways to develop and implement them. It looks at the benefits of national training standards in developing a construction labour force with world-class construction skills able to work on projects anywhere in Canada.
Procedures

BuildForce: Business Case For Essential Skills In Construction
BuildForce report The Business Case for Essential Skills in Construction establishes a link between Essential Skills upgrading during early apprenticeship training and return on training investment for employers. It contains three major sections: the impact of offering Essential Skills training for apprentices; the impact on return on training investment; and lessons learned from applying Essential Skills interventions.

BuildForce: Construction Worker Self-Assessment Of Essential Skills
BuildForce Essential Skills tool is for tradespeople, apprentices and people interested in construction careers who want to assess their current Essential Skills and their readiness for technical training. Based on typical construction workplace tasks, the exercises allow users to practice Reading Text, Document Use and Numeracy. The score sheet allows them to assess their skills and identify their strengths and weaknesses.

BuildForce: Tips On Introducing Essential Skills Into Trades Training
BuildForce document Tips on Introducing Essential Skills into Construction Trades Training provides tips and strategies for teaching Reading, Document Use and Numeracy.

JLC: Contractors On Front Line Support Training
Journal of Light Construction says contractors need to form partnerships with teachers to help improve trade education.
Product Supply

BC Gov: Funding Program For Workplace Training
BC Government pilot program Workplace Training for Innovation provides small business employers in British Columbia with access to funding to support employee training, helping improve skills and productivity. Available to all BC employers, the program offers up to $1,500 per employee - to a maximum of $5,000 per employer - to support employee training.
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