B.C. looking to fast-track construction training

Journal of Commerce | DCN-JOC News Services | April 21, 2021

VICTORIA — B.C. is looking to fast-track up to 30 eligible residents who want skills training to prepare them for jobs as construction craft workers and labourers in the Lower Mainland.

The new Community and Employer Partnerships (CEP) project from the province will prioritize recruiting immigrants, youth, women and individuals out of work due to COVID-19.

“This is a great opportunity for people to receive the training they need to get a head start in the construction industry,” said Nicholas Simons, minister of social development and poverty reduction, in a press release. “We’re experiencing a construction boom in parts of B.C. right now, and I would encourage anyone who is interested in a career in this field to apply to the project.”

The province is providing more than $280,000 to Vancouver’s Multi-Lingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC) to deliver its Fast Track to Infrastructure Construction Trades project.

“MOSAIC is pleased to be partnering with British Columbia Infrastructure Benefits Corporation (BCIB) to provide this training for individuals seeking employment on large scale construction projects like the Pattullo Bridge, Highway 1, the Broadway Subway project and more,” said Michael Radano, director of employment, language and social enterprise, MOSAIC.

The project will provide participants with seven weeks of occupational, employability and life-skills training, four weeks of on-the-job work experience and one week of follow-up support to help them find jobs in the industry.

The program will also ensure participants achieve workplace safety certifications specific to infrastructure construction, including Occupational First Aid Level 1, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, fall protection, excavation, trenching and shoring safety, ladder safety, personal protective equipment and confined spaces.

The first intake of the project starts this month and the second will begin in July.