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Apprentices Can Power Up Your Company

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.

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Poll Shows NDP Labour Platform Lacks Support

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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.

Full details on the poll are available here.

 

NDP bringing back union-only construction contracts

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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.

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Speaking on the Sun

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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.

Brush up your safety over bacon and eggs

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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.

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NDP Skills Training Announcement Short of Specifics

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.

 

Training Tuesday – Tapping into Peak Performance

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All organizations are faced with mounting competitive pressures and escalating expectations and demands from clients and customers. The people in the organization are being asked to meet these increasing demands with fewer resources. Today organizations that hope to remain financially viable must unleash the potential of their most precious resource – the human asset!

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Construction skills B.C. will need

Construction is a crystal ball industry – it’s about figuring our costs and demands tomorrow to determine the bids you’ll make today. And with labour one of the biggest cost components of any project, it’s good to know the lay of the land.

The Construction Sector Council looks at as many indicators as possible from across the country to get a read on the kinds of skills the industry will need up until the beginning of the next decade. One clear message is there’s a long list of trades working on the big resource and utility projects – often in the North – that will be in short supply as projects start up between 2013 to 2016.

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