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Amanda Smith-Weston

DC38 and FTI of BC Staff Provide a Little Christmas Cheer for DC38 Members and Their Families

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This year has been difficult for all of us, and we are proud to have been able to offer a little Christmas cheer to our members and their families.  We wanted to make sure our members stayed safe this holiday season and, in keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, our annual in-person Kids Christmas Breakfast with Santa was cancelled.  

Through careful planning with our Health and Safety Officer, DC38 and FTI of BC staff hosted a safe and socially distanced drive-thru present pick up, that allowed children to see Santa from the safety of their car windows.  Each registered child received their present from Santa, hand sanitizer, a goody bag of treats, and a candy cane.  Each registered family member in the vehicle received an individually packaged breakfast meal from Triple O’s. 

The drive-thru was well-received and families expressed that they were thankful for the opportunity to participate in this modified-for-the-pandemic tradition.  DC38’s annual Breakfast with Santa not only makes sure that the children of our members receive a hot meal and a present, but donates presents to other organizations supporting children and families at Christmas as well. 

Pictures will be available for pick up at the DC38 office in the New Year.  Please note that we have limited the number of visitors who can be in the space at one time.  All visitors to the office must wear a mask.  Please do not visit our offices if you are sick, have been around someone who is sick, or have left the country within 2 weeks of your visit to our office.

Santa waiting with DC38 & FTI of BC Elves for the present pick up to begin!
DC38 Business Manager/Head Elf Dan Jajic and Santa hard at work
Business Reps/Elves Marv & Kevin handing out treats & radioing Santa to let him know some Nice list recipients are coming through!

Mentorship Matters: Developing the Skills Necessary to Become a Good Mentee

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Week 3 of our Mentorship series is all about what makes a great mentee!

We are proud of the education our apprentices receive at the FTI of BC.  Our instructors are construction professionals who dedicate their time to passing on their years of experience and knowledge to the next generation of journeypersons.  They work hard every day to make sure that our apprentices are skilled and ready for the jobsite, including being ready to learn from a mentor.  Apprentices are eager to begin work and need good mentors to guide them.  This is why we have decided to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of good mentorship through the “Mentorship Matters” program.

The FTI of BC’s progressive approach to mentoring trains both journeyworkers and apprentices, with the “Mentorship Matters” program.  Developed by SkillPlan, in partnership with the IBEW’s Electrical Joint Training Committee, this forward-thinking collaboration aims to prepare journeyworkers to become effective mentors, and apprentices to develop the skills necessary to become good mentees.

During training at the FTI of BC, apprentices are taught the “Six Skills for Apprentices” and given video examples of what each skill may look like on the job.  Goal-setting, active listening, and engaging with your mentor will help you find success in achieving your Red Seal.  Every qualified journeyperson owes their trade skills to the experienced journeypersons who have mentored them along the way, and you are no different.  One day, you will be the mentor and will train a new apprentice.  You are an active part of the mentor/mentee partnership and your willingness to learn and take direction will help you build confidence and learn to work safely and efficiently on the tools. 

A good mentor is respected for their skill and knowledge in their chosen craft and is a great benefit to an apprentice.  They are committed to taking the time to work with you to instill their values of a job-well-done and to help you graduate with a solid foundation in your trade.  The short video below features some of our hardworking apprentices describing the essential skills necessary to be a good mentee.  Mentors want to help you reach your highest potential and to encourage you to take ownership of your learning and apprenticeship. We believe in you!    

We will be sharing video clips and information over the next couple of weeks, to show the value of the work that mentors do and the ways in which a mentee can benefit from on the job instruction.

For more information on “Mentorship Matters” or how you can participate in training, contact the FTI of BC.

Mentorship Matters: What Makes a Good Mentor? You!

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We at DC 38 believe that good mentors are essential to an apprentice’s successful transition to journeyperson, and the “Mentorship Matters” training program run by the FTI of BC is a great way for you to learn efficient methods for passing on your chosen trade and instilling your work values in your apprentice.

We need good, effective mentors on our jobsites now more than ever.  Hundreds of thousands of skilled tradespeople from Canada’s construction industry are getting ready to retire, and their extensive knowledge about their craft is going to retire with them.  Being chosen as a mentor is an honour, and journeypersons should be proud to be recognized as an expert and a leader in their field.  Your skills are required and we need you to pass on your dedication to a job-well-done.  This is why we have decided to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of good mentorship through the “Mentorship Matters” program.

The FTI of BC’s progressive approach to mentoring trains both journeyworkers and apprentices, with the “Mentorship Matters” program.  Developed by SkillPlan, in partnership with the IBEW’s Electrical Joint Training Committee, this forward-thinking collaboration aims to prepare journeyworkers to become effective mentors, and apprentices to develop the skills necessary to become good mentees. 

During training at the FTI of BC, mentors are taught the “Six Steps to Mentoring” and given video examples of what each step may look like on the job.  Journeypersons have the opportunity to be a leader with every interaction on the jobsite, and these steps help to build confidence in their ability to train the next generation of apprentices while reinforcing their duty to give back. Every qualified journeyperson owes their trade skills to the experienced journeypersons who have mentored them along the way.

Apprentices need you to help them build their confidence and learn to work safely and efficiently on the tools.  A good mentor is open to communicating with their apprentice, encouraging questions and taking time to reinforce quality work.  The video below features some of our successful, respected mentors reiterating some of the values necessary to making a good mentor.  We know that you, too, can make a positive impact in the life of an apprentice or new employee.

We will be sharing video clips and information over the next couple of weeks, to show the value of the work that mentors do and the ways in which a mentee can benefit from on the job instruction.

For more information on “Mentorship Matters” or how you can participate in training, contact the FTI of BC.

Mentorship Matters: Experienced Journeypersons Essential to On-the-Job Apprentice Training

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We here at the FTI of BC and DC 38, take pride in the education and training our apprentices receive, both at our training facility and with our experienced members on the job.  In fact, we count on those seasoned members to instill our values of hard work, pride in our chosen craft, and dedication to a job well-done into our newest members. 

With the luxury of time being in short supply on almost every project we build, it is essential that our existing Journeyworkers pass along these values and skills in the most efficient way possible. This is why we have decided to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of good mentorship through the “Mentorship Matters” program.

Effective mentorship is essential to the development of an apprentice’s skills and to their success in their chosen trade.  A good mentor on the job helps to guide the apprentice by reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, and by passing on the knowledge and expertise they have gained through years of experience.

The FTI of BC’s progressive approach to mentoring trains both Journeyworkers and apprentices, with the “Mentorship Matters” program.  Developed by SkillPlan, in partnership with the IBEW’s Electrical Joint Training Committee, this forward-thinking collaboration aims to prepare Journeyworkers to become effective mentors, and apprentices to develop the skills necessary to become good mentees. 

It is common knowledge that more than 80% of an apprentice’s learning takes place on the job through mentoring relationships.  As a result, mentors have a huge impact on the safety, quality, and productivity of every jobsite.  Every qualified Journeyperson owes their trade skills to the experienced Journeypersons who have mentored them along the way. This essential transfer of knowledge helps perpetuate our crafts and ensures the ongoing evolution of each individual trade.

Many mentor/mentee partnerships develop into lifelong friendships which is reflected in the video that accompanies this article. This is proof positive of the value effective mentorship can have on an individual’s life, as many a mentee can attest to.

Mentors are respected tradespeople who take the time to reach out to each of the apprentices on the jobsite. In construction, time is money which is why effective mentorship is so important.  Mentors help their mentees to learn and grow; they are invaluable to the training process and we need more Journeypersons to do their part by helping in the transfer of skills and knowledge. 

We will be sharing video clips and information over the next couple of weeks, to show the value of the work that mentors do and the ways in which a mentee can benefit from on the job instruction.

For more information on “Mentorship Matters” or how you can participate in training, contact the FTI of BC.

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.

Local 163 Rep Kevin Weston (second from the left) with the class
President & Director of Training Paddy Byrne

STATEMENT FROM BC BUILDING TRADES

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February 3, 2020

The BC Building trades welcomes today’s BC Supreme Court ruling refusing to hear a charter challenge of B.C.’s Community Benefits Agreement construction framework. 

“What happened today is the BC Supreme Court has, for the second time, told the Christian Labour Association, the Independent Contractors’ and Businesses Association and others that their criticisms of CBAs do not rise to the level of issues heard by the Court,” said Andrew Mercier, executive director of the BC Building Trades. 

The challenge was put forward by the ICBA, the Progressive Contractors Association, CLAC and others. 

The court ruled that the applicants’ submissions with respect to union membership requirements under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms did not belong before the court. 

In fact, charter arguments in the case had already been struck from the application last July. The court ruled at that time that the BC Labour Relations Board was the proper forum for charter arguments. 

While today’s ruling marks the second time a charter challenge of this province’s CBA framework has been struck by the judicial system, higher courts have repeatedly dismissed charter challenges to similar labour agreements in place across Canada. 

The Merit Contractors Association, which is affiliated to the ICBA through Merit Canada, challenged Manitoba Hydro’s union membership policy in 2012. The case was dismissed by the Queen’s Bench of Manitoba and again on appeal.

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.

Local 163 Rep Kevin Weston presenting a cheque to Lisa Werring, Executive Director of the Surrey Christmas Bureau