The Wood Manufacturing Council is working with The Blood Tribe, First Nation, Standoff AB to deliver our pre-employment training program to a group of 11 individuals between the ages of 19 and 29 . The aim is to develop good quality entry level workers for manufacturers, builders, renovators, construction and related industries.
Project participants receive 12 weeks of training in a shop environment, 4 weeks of Essential Skills and employment readiness training and 8 weeks of woodworking and construction training, in the shop at Blood Tribe Employment and Skills Training (BTEST), Glenwood, AB. The instructor Roy Sugai, is a regular instructor at the Lethbridge College carpentry program and well known in the community for his skill and commitment to the industry. The participants also receive safety training – including WHMIS, and Standard First Aid, including Adult CPR.
The participants will be available for a four-week job placement, starting August 8, 2016. They are available for 30 hours per week at no cost to the employer (WMC covers worker’s compensation costs for the 4 weeks). They are available to work additional hours – this can be arranged by the employer. The goal of the project is Employment, the 4-week placement provides opportunities for the employer to have the individual on-site and provides the opportunity to see their skills.
This program follows WMC’s nationally recognized pre-employment training curriculum, developed by wood industry reps, post-secondary educators, with aboriginal input. The Blood Tribe is committed to providing opportunities for their youth, and has developed a plan which includes two programs to complete prior to entering into training or further education. This is structured to impress upon participant’s commitment and demonstrate a willingness to enter into career development. It is mandatory that each participant attend both trainings before being referred to WMC’s program.
I invite interested employers please contact Richard Lipman at 613-296-0068 (cell) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College Home Project
The CHBA – LR has made a pledge to the Lethbridge College to build 10 homes over 5 years with the proceeds of each sale going towards the Lethbridge College Trade & Technology Expansion project. This partnership came to life from an industry idea to enhance the City we live in and increase the capability of young people in the trades to be able to learn and train close to home.
The objective of this project is to raise $750,000 over 5 years through building and selling 10 designer show homes. The members of the CHBA have pledged to donate time and resources to the project and all proceeds above costs will be donated to the Lethbridge Trades & Technology expansion project.
The members of the CHBA have initiated this program and believe in supporting the Lethbridge College in efforts to improve current programming and encourage students to choose Lethbridge by creating more learning opportunities right here at home.
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CHBA Safety Initiative
The Canadian Home Builders Association believes that the residential construction industry should focus on safety as their top priority. We want every person who works on the building of a new home to go home to their family safely each and every day. That is why all CHBA members who step on a construction site are required to obtain and maintain a valid COR or SECOR certification. This certification is a document issued jointly by a Certifying Partner and Alberta Employment, Immigration and Industry, Workplace Partnerships. The programs recognize that an employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and found to meet the Partnerships standard. (Alberta Partnerships)
The CHBA and it’s members also works alongside Occupational Health and Safety and the Alberta Construction Safety Association by participating in provincial committees and bringing community and industry awareness though collaborative presentations.
To learn more about COR and SECOR please go to: www.industry.alberta.ca/whs-partnerships
Building Bridges Between Education and Trades
2014 was the beginning of a great partnership between the Canadian Home Builders Association Lethbridge Region and both Holy Spirit School Division and Lethbridge School District 51. CHBA members and both school divisions understand the importance of exposing youth to as many opportunities for their future careers as possible. Highly skilled trade professionals are in high demand and that demand is projected to increase as our City grows. CHBA members are providing hands on experience and facility tours for students in high school that are packed full of real world knowledge, advice and direction.
By exposing youth to a variety of options, they, along with the help from their parents are better equipped to make life changing decisions once high school is over and the next phase of their lives begin.
Thank you to all of our participating members so far. We look forward to growing this initiative and helping youth reach their potential.
For a full list of red seal trade professions in Alberta please visit: http://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/
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Building Our Community Together
June 22 2016 marked the inaugural safety event for the three organizations in Lethbridge with participation and information on safety practices on display by Occupational Health & Safety, ATCO Gas, Critical Hazard HSE Ltd, DBI Capital Safety and Vallen. This event was open to members of both organizations as well as companies who wished to join and was overwhelmingly successful boasting attendance of over 200 people.
The purpose of this event is to draw increasing awareness to safety in construction. There are two main streams of construction in Lethbridge; commercial and residential. With over 4000 people working in construction in Lethbridge alone, the emphasis to ensure employees get home safely each day is top priority for construction associations like CHBA, LCA and the LRSC. All three organizations host a number of educational opportunities for their members and CHBA has required members to hold valid provincial safety accreditation since 2010. The joint safety BBQ was an opportunity for construction workers to hear the latest on codes and infractions, tips on how to stay safe in a number of instances as well as harness demonstrations which protect from falls, one of the leading causes of construction related incidences and reports in Lethbridge.
Angela Zuba, CEO of the CHBA commented, “during the peak of the economic boom, our association realized that we needed to have strict requirements in place to ensure the safety of the workers who are building our community. The belief that safety was a hassle and too expensive was becoming far too common in construction and our members wanted to change that. Since 2010 we have had a requirement for all members who work in the field to have a proper safety program in place as well as have their sites undergo peer reviews to offer support in any areas they may need help with. These requirements have reduced incidences and now with the joint partnership with the LCA, this collaboration shows that all of construction is united in safety. It’s great to see so many people embrace it.”
The BBQ ran from 11 am to 1 pm at the Lethbridge Construction Association outdoor parking lot and with the great turn-out from companies around the City, the groups are committed to making this a yearly event with the hopes of adding more educational stations.
Erin Low, Executive Director of the LCA also had a few things to say about the event, “Safety continues to be a priority in both the residential and commercial construction industry. So, any opportunities that we have to join together to promote safe practices and worksites for our members is always terrific. Together with the CHBA and the Lethbridge Regional Safety Committee, we will continue to provide local educational events in our region.”
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
The CHBA is a member based non-profit organization incorporated in 1982 that strives to enhance the residential construction industry through local initiatives, partnerships, education and municipal lobbying activities. Members of the CHBA are invested in and care about the community they call home. Members understand that being in business is not enough and so are active in the community through a
number of initiatives and programs. The CHBA is the hub for residential construction news, events and
education; providing member businesses with the information and support they need to stay on top of
emerging trends, safety, technical and government regulations.
Lethbridge Construction Association
For more than 100 years southwestern Alberta has been built by dedicated and skilled construction
planners and builders. Growth and success have followed. As a result, our region today is a shining
example of the highest standards in commercial, industrial and institutional construction projects. Since
1954, the Lethbridge Construction Association’s mission has been to work in service and on behalf of all
its members to ensure the continued success and growth of the commercial construction industry in our
region. Over 60 years later, the LCA has evolved and grown into an association that serves and
advocates on behalf of over 250 member companies.