Hundreds of billions worth of construction projects are on the drawing board in B.C. As a result, most construction contractors geared up for even more work this year, despite an already intense pace. This will keep the industry’s GDP and employment contributions growing at the same pace as the provincial economy.
Workplace Safety is a team effort – and ICBA is again going to award one team member with a weekend in Las Vegas in recognition of their safe work practices!
The submission deadline for ICBA’s annual Safety Merits Contest is noon Pacific, Thursday, December 19, 2019. Don’t miss your chance to submit the names of your company’s safest workers.
Entrants must be employed below the superintendent level (office staff are not eligible) and must have worked a minimum of 2,500 hours without any time lost due to an accident.
The construction industry recognizes that a safe workplace is the responsibility of management and of the workers on site. The industry realizes that those individuals who have taken great care to avoid injury to themselves and others are invaluable to their firm and an example for all workers.
The purpose of the Safety Merits Contest is for the industry to recognize these individuals, draw attention to their achievement and encourage others to follow their example.
1) All entrants must be employed by an ICBA member company.
2) Entrants must be employed below the superintendent level. Office staff are not eligible.
3) Entrants must have worked a minimum of 2,500 hours for one employer without any time lost due to an accident as of November 30, 2019. Proof of hours may have to be submitted and verified. Note: The required hours need not have been worked consecutively with that one firm.
4) Names of those who meet the above criteria are to be submitted to the ICBA office by the employer to firstname.lastname@example.org (Excel spreadsheet preferred) no later than noon Pacific time, Thursday, December 19, 2019.
5) Names of employees submitted in previous Safety Merits Contests may be submitted again.
6) One name will be drawn at random.
PRIZE: A 3-day trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. Return airfare to Las Vegas, hotel accommodations, and transportation from Las Vegas airport to the hotel. (Maximum value $1500, including taxes.)
The December 2019 edition of ICBA’s Construction Monitor looks at the status of major projects, including Site C, LNG Canada, Woodfibre LNG, the Massey Tunnel replacement, and the TransMountain pipeline expansion. Plus a look at what’s slowing business here: union monopolies and ridiculous red tape.
Click HERE for the full Monitor.
Microsoft Excel is an integral part of most offices; let us teach you to use it!
Our Microsoft Excel for Business course will teach you to use Excel to create budgets, track costs, generate quotes and more. Participants will even a very basic knowledge of Excel will progress quickly to creating basic databases, budgets, graphs, reports and equations. Here are some of the skills you’ll learn:
- Customize excel options and views
- Create and manipulate tables
- Filter and sort data
- Apply formulas
- Use the correct syntax to insert functions
- Create and format cells and ranges
- Order and group cells and ranges
- Apply cell ranges and references in formulas and functions
- Summarize data with functions
- Apply conditional logic in functions
- Format and modify text with functions
- Create and format charts and objects
This course offers 1 Gold Seal Credit.
And if you’re looking to build on your skills, we have a Microsoft Excel Advanced course! You’ll learn to use advanced functions such as lookup and reference, conditional logic and conditional summary, and work with shared workbooks and worksheets. You’ll also earn 1 Gold Seal Credit for this course.
Interested? Our next Excel for Business course is in Burnaby December 3 and Victoria December 10. Our next Excel Advanced course is in Burnaby December 4, and Victoria December 11!
Register for these or any of our other upcoming workshops at www.icba.ca/courses.
How are your skills as a supervisor and manager? Could they be better? Our Supervisory and Management Skills workshop in Kamloops December 5 to 6 is just what you need.
Participants will improve their skills in leadership, management and supervision of staff, and learn skills to enhance their ability to build a collaborative team culture with their staff and on job sites.
Here’s what you’ll be able to do by the end of this two-day course:
- Understand the differences between leadership, management and supervision;
- Identify different leadership styles and approaches;
- Apply different leadership styles to deal with various situations;
- Understand motivational theories – Mazlow, Herzberg, MARS;
- Enhance individual and group performance and engagement;
- Understand different personality styles and how to communicate appropriately
- Effectively manage time
- Understand stress and how to manage it at work
- Understand substance abuse, recognition and prevention
- Conduct a successful toolbox talk
- Appropriately discipline and/or terminate staff
- Apply various negotiating skills
- Deal with difficult people, conflict and confrontation
- Use collaborative decision-making skills
- Understand a systems approach to management of construction companies
Plus, you’ll earn 5 Gold Seal Credits and 32 CPD Points from BC Housing!
This course will also take place in Burnaby on February 6 and 7, 2020. Check out www.icba.ca/courses for more information and to register for this or any of our other upcoming courses.
Jordan and Maclean talk about the impending transit strike in Greater Vancouver; John Horgan’s non-apology for name-calling construction workers; the new Trudeau cabinet; and make a bet on the Grey Cup.
Are you looking to gain an understanding on how to interpret and read documentation that relates to the Municipal Infrastructure? We have the course for you! Check our Municipal Map Reading workshop in Burnaby November 27.
Participants will learn the related Regulations, Acts and Master Municipal Construction Documents as well as blueprint reading symbols, legend and design specifications for local cities, municipalities and townships.
You will also review BC One Call documentation, utility owner’s roles and responsibilities, ground disturbers’ roles and responsibilities, and safe utility locating practices.
After completing this course, students will get a better understanding of how to read and interpret municipal Construction Drawings.
Here are the course objectives:
- Reviewing Utility information and hazards
- Understanding Workers Compensation Act & WorksafeBC Regulations
- Utility Safety Awareness
- Review BC One Call Documentation
- Blue Print Map Reading Group Activities
- Review on Locating Underground infrastructure
- Understanding Safety Procedures and Practices
- Knowing the Emergency Response for Utility Owners
Plus, you’ll earn 7.5 CPD Points from BC Housing!
You can register for this workshop and any of our other training courses at www.icba.ca/courses.
Congratulations to our ICBA President, Chris Gardner, for landing at #17 on the Vancouver Magazine #Power50 list. A well-deserved honour for a man who has taken ICBA to the next level in training, benefits, advocacy and public policy.