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West Coast artist Dean Heron is drawing upon a lifelong passion of creating First Nation art to assist the Construction Foundation of BC with the development of Indigenous-focused initiatives across the province. Using applied skills and trades as a conduit, Dean and the Foundation are developing programs that will assist members of those areas through
VICTORIA, BC – The Construction Foundation’s Skills Ready team was at the University of British Columbia in January to host a pair of evening workshops with up-and-coming elementary school educators.  The workshops enable young educators to see the potential and benefits of introducing woodworking projects to their class, while getting a hands-on experience of creating those

HERE FOR GOOD: GREYBACK CONSTRUCTION

With roots reaching back to the 1920’s, Greyback Construction and the Kenyon family have been fixtures in the Okanagan’s construction industry for almost a century. We sat down with Greyback Construction’s General Manager, Matt Kenyon, to find out more about the company’s continued commitment to developing the next generation of skilled workers. Matt’s ideals related
VICTORIA, BC – In late November, the Construction Foundation team travelled to Bella Coola for one of the organization’s most unique trips of the year. The CFBC team and local community came together for a series of workshops over a two-day period, developed and led by CFBC Catalyst, Indigenous Communities Dean Heron and Coast Salish
VICTORIA, BC – Artist Peter Wayne Gong is using art as a means of connecting with West Coast youth by providing an example of what can be done through hard work and perseverance. An accomplished Coast Salish artist from Squamish Nation, Peter finds inspiration in his art by drawing upon his life experiences and passing
VICTORIA, BC – The Construction Foundation of BC is pleased to announce a new wave of funding for the Mott Electric GP Women in Trades Training Fund, donated generously by Mott Electric GP. Since its launch in 2017, the Mott Electric GP Women in Electrical Trades Training Fund has provided over $18,000 in financial support
The following post was originally distributed by the Government of BC/Industry Training Authority. View the original release by clicking HERE. VICTORIA – From Nov. 4 to 30, 2019, B.C.’s apprentices are being recognized as their contributions and success in building and maintaining thriving communities throughout the province are acknowledged. The Government of British Columbia has proclaimed November
The Construction Foundation of BC celebrated the official kick off of 2019’s National Trades and Technology Week (NSTTW) at the November 5th launch at BCIT with over 500 youth participants! CFBC’s Try-A-Trade booth featured a unique and engaging workshop; participants discussed graphic design technology and tried their hand at silk screening.  The design, developed by our
Penticton-based electrical company Betts Electric has been serving the Okanagan region and Western Canada for decades. Over eight to be exact. Since 1933, the company has operated with a commitment to customer service and community involvement and currently stands as one of the most successful contractors working in the Valley’s electrical field. Betts Electric president

FROM LABOURER TO LEAD – JESSICA SIDHU

STARTING ON THE TOOLSJessica Sidhu is the Lead Project Coordinator with Kinetic Construction, and is a great example of the opportunities that are available within the secondary school system. Sidhu got her start in the construction industry when she was 17 years old. She took an ACE IT (now “Youth Train in Trades”) program during
Last December 4th, a group of students from Byrne Creek Secondary in Burnaby were treated to a very special behind-the-scenes tour. This Skills Ready tour took place in the Port of Vancouver. As the largest and most diversified port in Canada, the Port of Vancouver connects with over 170 economies around the world and extends
Showcase Events are produced in partnership with schools and educators to bring industry professionals and Future Builders together into shop classes. These events provide a fantastic opportunity for students to pitch their design-build process and demonstrate their skills in front of prospective employers. Last year, the Skills Ready team held a memorable showcase event with
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