A group of Lower Mainland secondary school teachers are more prepared than ever to introduce students to the world of CNC machining, thanks to their completion of the Haas Basic Mill Operator course, a certification program coordinated by the British Columbia Metal Manufacturing Advisory Group (BCMMAG). DONATE The Haas Basic Mill Operator program, led by
The Construction Foundation of BC wrapped up a successful, four-day Indigenous Skills workshop in the community of Witset earlier this Spring. Participants in the community received virtual instruction from First Nations artist and Indigenous Catalyst Dean Heron once-per-week over the course of four weeks, en route to carving and completing their very own traditional Canoe
 Cowichan Valley, BC – The Cowichan Valley School District has partnered with local business Promac Group, the Construction Foundation of BC, and the BC Metal Manufacturing Advisory Group, to purchase and equip a Haas CNC Desktop Mill for students at Cowichan Secondary.  Cowichan Valley School District release (PDF) The state-of-the-art mill was purchased with funds
The Construction Foundation of BC’s ‘All Roads’ initiative recently completed one of their most ambitious workshops to date! The team worked together alongside Kikekyelc’s Indigenous Youth Services Life Skills Program, members of the Thomas Rivers University’s (TRU) Trades & Technology department and Master Carver, Frank Marchand to coordinate a three-week, six-session Paddle Carving workshop with
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The Construction Foundation of BC recently caught up with SHIFT Fund recipient Nat, who enrolled and successfully completed Vancouver Driving School’s driver training program. As a recipient of the SHIFT Fund, Nat’s driver training costs were covered. Nat successfully completed his driver training and was awarded his automobile ‘Novice’ license (Also referred to as a
Workplace Alternative Trades Training (WATT) graduate Alexandra has found a home in the electrical field after completing the pre-apprentice program last February. The 25-year-old has been working steadily for the past eight months since completing the WATT program and entering the work force. “I worked in mill and finishing shops prior to electrical,” Alexandra explained.
The Construction Foundation of BC’s ‘Welcome Exchange’ initiative kicked off another Paddle Pendant virtual workshop this past week, featuring First Nation artists Dean Heron and Latham Mack. The Welcome Exchange initiative is supported by HERE in Canada.  The night started off with an introduction from CFBC’s Allison Ainsley, followed by an introduction to Paddle Pendants
Like many organizations, the Construction Foundation of BC team overcame unique barriers this past year as everyone adapted to a new way of socially distanced operations. The CFBC team continued to perform virtual workshops, produce content and collaborate with several organizations to continue educational opportunities. It’s a testament to our stakeholders and partners that there
Second year electrical apprentice Isaiah has found his niche in the electrical field. Having the opportunity to take the 40-week BCIT electrical foundation program, while still in high school, he was granted his level one of his technical training. As a recent graduate he has been working in the field and gaining as many hours
The Construction Foundation of BC’s (CFBC) Welcome Exchange initiative and Here IN Canada co-hosted an online edition of the annual Employment Opportunity Exchange (EOE) this November. The EOE is an annual event that gathers employers, newcomers, and immigrants in one space to understand and discuss jobseeker needs and assets. The EOE provides participants with an
This week’s ‘Industry Interview’ features tradeswomen Amanda Steiner and Rebekah Ray, who are carving out a name for themselves after getting into the trades while attending Salmon Secondary and participating in a Skills Ready’s Showcase Event in 2017. The pair entered the trades following high school and have big plans for their future. Amanda’s father
This week, Skills Ready Career Catalyst Dave Lovisa sits down with Summerland Secondary School educators Charles Lay and Nick Kast. All three were involved in Summerland’s recent hosting of a Skills Ready Showcase event, intended to connect students with potential employers from industry. The trio open the latest Industry Interview session with a discussion on