This summer, René Ragetli partnered with the Ironworkers Local 97 in Burnaby, to host a Trades Exploration Camp. René is the Construction Foundation’s Director of Project Operations and uses his background in teaching to create engaging workshops for youth around BC.  Focusing the 5-day workshop on metalworking and woodwork, youth were able to get comfortable
Early in the summer, communities from several First Nations gathered for a Canoe Paddle Making workshop that took place at Thunderbird Hall in Campbell River.  Over two weeks participants from two groups were offered 5 days to create a canoe paddle of their own. Dean Heron and Elder George Hunt Jr. were innovative in their
In-person Indigenous Skills workshops returned to Victoria for the first time in a long time, this past June, marking a welcome return to traditional instruction and an opportunity to introduce small groups of enthusiastic youth to contemporary trades and traditional knowledge. In consideration of the continued pandemic, both the Esquimalt First Nation and the Indigenous
VANCOUVER (AUGUST 27, 2021) – The Masonry Institute of BC (MIBC) has established a new training fund with the Construction Foundation of BC that aims to provide tuition and training support for individuals entering or continuing education in the masonry trades. “The masonry trade has a rich and vibrant history.  Some of the world’s greatest
VICTORIA (July 27, 2021) – A new partnership, led by the Construction Foundation of BC, seeks to build dialogue and develop innovative solutions around the future of skills and training with Indigenous youth and their community leaders. Beginning this summer, the Two Eyed Seeing Network will host a series of focus groups to seek guidance
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