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Amanda Smith-Weston

Drexel documentary focuses on educating students on the influence of construction on the built environment and how the work we do shapes communities

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Drexel University of Construction, based out of Philadelphia, has put together a documentary about the Architectural Glass and Metal Technician Certification (AGMT) and North America Contractor Certification (NACC).

This is something our Union has been working on in partnership with Contractors, Engineers, Client Owners, Architects, Suppliers, Fabricators and Insurance Providers in an effort to bring North America-wide standards to the Glazing industry.  Glazier Certification (AGMT) goes beyond the Red Seal Certification that we have already in Canada, as the individual has to perform a written and a hands-on exam as part of proving competency at the Craft.

Additionally, Glazing Contractors interested in NACC Certification have to go through a rigorous audit of all processes of their business operations in order to achieve accreditation.  Please take a minute to watch The Quest for Quality: A Certified Solution, and see how much time and effort goes into maintaining quality standards, integrity, and safety while accommodating construction project logistics.

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Video Description: The Quest for Quality addresses the challenge of how to achieve the quality expected by all parties within a construction project.  With the Glass industry rising in importance to the architectural designs of the 21st century, an entire segment of our industry is determining just how to address the challenge of attaining the highest levels of quality while still navigating the multiple challenges of schedule, cost and safety faced every day on construction projects.  The video was a collaboration between Drexel and AGI and the second in a series of documentaries developed to educate students about the influence of construction on the built environment and how the work we do shapes communities.  Approx 33mins.

Join us for a promising career!

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This fun video was created for National Apprenticeship Week and features our President and Director of Training, Paddy Byrne, who wants YOU to JOIN US and EARN WHILE YOU LEARN. 

Apprentices who study at the Finishing Trades Institute of BC are working while they are training and can graduate with zero debt. Along with health and welfare benefits, apprentices will learn skills necessary for personal and professional success while building their pension for retirement.

Are you or someone you know ready to start your career with the Finishing Trades?  Contact us today.  We have apprenticeship classes starting soon!

(604) 580-3112

CIRP Mental Health Webinars during COVID-19

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In this time of uncertainty when people’s anxieties are high, the Construction Industry Rehab Plan (CIRP) is here to help. CIRP is running weekly live webinars on a number of different topics to support the mental wellbeing of Building Trades members and their families. Please contact CIRP to register for the live webinars. If you are unable to attend the live event, you can still register and watch at a later time.

CIRP offers a wide array of services to meet the mental health and addiction care needs of all DC 38 and Building Trades members and their families. If you are struggling with mental health or addiction please visit www.constructionrehabplan.com or call 1-888-521-8611 or 604-521-8611

COVID-19 UPDATE

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, all apprenticeship and journeyperson upgrading classes are postponed until further notice.

Please check back from time to time and we will try to provide further updates as the situation unfolds. We are still here to provide our members and contractors with required Health and Safety certifications as the need arises.

Please be assured that we will be taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our students, instructors and staff during any training that we are delivering at this time.

All recommendations of the Provincial Health Office and the BC Centre for Disease Control, will be strictly adhered to in order to create the safest training environment possible.

We all look forward to things returning to normal but in the meantime, we encourage everyone to follow the advice of our Provincial Health Officer and Government officials, as we all work toward stemming the advance of this virus and ensuring the health and safety of everyone in our community.

FTI BC and IUPAT DC 38 championing change in workplace culture with Be More Than A Bystander Training

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IUPAT DC38 Local 163 Rep Kevin Weston and President & Director of Training Paddy Byrne presented the Be More Than A Bystander training to the Level 1 and 2 Painting & Decorating class at the FTI BC on Friday, January 31.

This training is essential to creating an inclusive workspace free from gender-based violence and harassment and our team are proud to be a part of moving forward together.

FTI BC featured in JOY TV’s Fraser Focus Trades Expo 2019 Video

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JOY TV’s Fraser Focus was at Trades Expo 2019 at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Surrey, BC on October 23/24 and spoke with FTI BC about the finishing trades and our hands-on activities.   

Fraser Focus stated that the BC Construction Association have reported a large shortage of skilled tradespeople entering into the industry.  2/3 of the current workforce are over 45 and looking to retire.  When they do, they will take all of their knowledge and skills with them.  Seeing the need to foster and build a new workforce, Trades Expo was created. 

Trades Expo features highly skilled tradespeople who want to train youth, pass on their knowledge, and encourage trades as a career path.  The youth love the practical, hands-on demonstrations and the opportunity to try-out several trades options in one space.  Our Virtual Reality Painting Simulator, Virtual Reality Boom Lift Simulator, and Glazing Crane were popular and are featured in the video.  Please take a minute to watch our FTI BC educators and reps in action!

Surrey Christmas Bureau

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IUPAT District Council 38 heard about the theft of Teen gifts and gift cards from the Surrey Christmas Bureau and wanted to help. 

On behalf of DC38 and FTI BC, Local 163 Rep Kevin Weston dropped off a cheque this morning for $500 to help make Christmas merry and bright for local families.  The Surrey Christmas Bureau was very happy to accept the donation and said that Unions are always supportive of them and the community.

Squamish Nation Trade Fair 2019

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FTI BC had the opportunity to participate in the Squamish Nation Trade Fair last week, along with Grant Morison from Ross Rex Industrial Painting.

We brought along our Virtual Reality Paint simulator and information about FTI apprenticeship programs, but were there primarily to assist Ross Rex Painting in their search for new workers for their company. They are very busy right now, as are all of our Industrial contractors.

The simulator was a big hit with everyone who tried it.  Even some experienced gamers couldn’t believe how realistic the visuals were!

We were thanked by the Squamish Nation for our attendance, and are looking forward to continuing working with them in partnership to deliver 3 Aboriginal Women in Trades programs in the New Year.

FTI BC’s Innovative and Engaging ‘Hands On’ Activities Popular at Trades Expo 2019

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We received a follow up email from the organizer of Trades Expo 2019 and were happy to hear that our exhibit was well received by educators, students, and parents.

This year was their best showing, with 2,636 youth coming through the building during the 2 day event.  Over 60 high schools were represented from Chilliwack to West Vancouver and included public, independent, alternative, and home learner attendees. Trades Expo received amazing feedback from teachers and school districts regarding the event, specifically the ‘hands on’ activities, writing “KUDOS to your team.  You guys did a fantastic job!”

FTI BC educators and reps were proud to be a part of Trades Expo 2019 and to enhance the experience of all attendees!