What is the one thing everyone needs more of? Time! If time is money, how much is lost to the bottom line simply because hard-working employees “don’t have the time”? When working on a project, timing is essential. If you get behind on one part of the project, the entire thing can be set back hours, or even days.
The BC Construction Safety Alliance is giving construction companies a safety head’s up after an explosion on a Saanich jobsite after a propane tank being stored with a barbecue inside a construction container somehow ignited. It was the second explosion in recent months related to stored flammable materials on a construction worksite.
One of the key challenges construction companies are facing is finding the right person with the right skills for the right job. With looming skill shortages, companies are starting to look further and further afield for new hires.
Construction companies looking for a little bench depth and the opportunity to help the next generation break into the business have the perfect opportunity with to partner with the Coquitlam School District.
That district’s Secondary School Apprenticeship program has a handful of Level 1 Construction Electrician Apprentices ready and able to apply their classroom training and practical lessons in the real world with local firms. It’s their requirement to get on-the job training.
A poll released today by the Coalition of BC Businesses (which ICBA is part of and which represents small businesses in 13 sectors of the BC economy) shows that the NDP platform is out of touch with what British Columbians want when it comes to workplace rules and the labour code.
Their research found that more than two-thirds of people want to keep the secret ballot vote for union certification, believe that most employees are treated fairly by small businesses, and agree that current employment policies protect employees.
ICBA President Philip Hochstein was on Global BC last night talking about the risk to jobs and the economy with an NDP government. He outlined the heavy cost to workers and the economy that spins out of NDP leader Adrian Dix’s constant negative stands on major resource investments like the Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion and natural gas development.
ICBA has found a shocking promise buried in the NDP platform released this week – a commitment that can only be read as a return to union-only work on government construction contracts.
They commit to using project agreements for government funded work — which as the media release we put out this morning maps out, really means they want to make these project building trade only.
Sun TV stopped by the ICBA offices today to interview President Philip Hochstein about the NDP shakedown fundraising letter targeting the business community. Hochstein said it’s part of a pattern of bullying that is part and parcel of the way the NDP operates.
Our colleagues at the BC Construction Safety Alliance are looking to help firms brush up on their safety over a free breakfast at a pair of session in the Lower Mainland in May.
The highlight will be a presentation on the hard facts around the new psychological health and safety legislation. Companies will leave with next steps for their operations.
Yesterday’s announcement by the NDP that they would pour more money into skills training was short on specifics and had little in real action to get more workers certified.
The reality is that throwing more money at the system and promising to hire more bureaucrats to run it will do nothing to connect young people with training. In fact, a return to the old training system that existed under the last NDP government would actually end up increasing skills shortages.
Almost 9,000 workers earned their certification in 2012. That’s more than double the 3,600 who graduated back in 2000-01.
The NDP is focusing on the wrong numbers. Graduation rates have been the same 40% range for more than a decade. But with more people in the training system now, we’re graduating record numbers of skilled workers.
The system isn’t broken – unless the NDP gets their hand on it.