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Spaces available in Sprott Shaw Electrician Courses


Wannabe electricians have the chance to boost their skills and get on the path to a journeyman’s ticket thanks to the electrician’s apprentice classes at the Port Coquitlam of Sprott Shaw College.

The college has spaces available for classes starting this fall, and for it’s classes in all levels. In fact this is the year the College is kicking off it’s new Level 4 program – first with a pilot, and then as a regular addition pending approval.

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Training Tuesday – Tips to tackle change orders


The disruptions from change orders can impact the planned schedule of a project and increase costs through rework and decreased labor efficiency for the contractor. Productivity and profit will suffer from this loss in labor efficiency. Owners have the right to initiate changes on their project after the contract has been signed.

The difficulty arising from change orders is determining an equitable adjustment for the parties involved. Contractors need to be compensated for impacts that the change-directed work have on their estimated baseline efficiency. Owners believe that the additional costs of the changes should be minimal due to the similar nature of the work.

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Help finding your way underground

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The BC Common Ground Alliance is promoting a session to help companies and their locate staff tap into the latest information for construction safety.

The day-long Advanced Underground Cable and Pipe Locating Seminar slated for Thursday, July 25 will cover the problems and issues that most locate staff encounter on a daily basis. The event will be help at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey.

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Help with WorkSafeBC Experience Rating Changes


The transition has begun when it comes to WorkSafeBC’s discounts and surcharges based on a company’s claim’s record – and the BC Construction Safety Authority wants companies to know there’s help through the transition.

WorkSafeBC’s experience rating system for construction is currently capped at 33.3 per cent surcharge and 33.3 per cent rebate – that’s the amount applied based on a company’s claims history. Starting this year it is shifting and will end up as a 100 per cent surcharge and 50 per cent discount by 2016. The change will align construction with all other provincial industries.

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Training Tuesday – Tune Up Your Negotiation Skills


In our professional lives we don’t get what we deserve – we get what we negotiate. Are you finding your customers, clients, employees or boss or employers increasingly demanding, wanting more for less? Do you ever feel that you are being taken advantage of?

Many individuals often fail in negotiation not because they are unable to get an agreement, but because they walk away from the table when they could have done much better.

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Make sure you have an escape hatch


It’s not just a good idea to have a backup plan — it’s a requirement for mobile equipment operated in British Columbia. That means it’s something construction contractors need to have on their radar when they’re looking for new equipment.

WorkSafeBC has just issued a reminder about emergency means of escape for mobile equipment.

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Hydro lays out contract changes

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BC Hydro is travelling the province to connect construction contractors with the company’s new construction contract launched earlier this year.

Hot off a session held today in Prince George, the Crown corporation is making the presentation from the session available for attendees and anyone interested in the new contract regime.

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