17 01, 2020

Learn how to hire and retain the best employees

By |January 17th, 2020|Education, Evolving Education|

On February 11, VRCA will host a one-day workshop called Love Them or Lose Them: Employee Retention. This engaging workshop will teach participants strategies for retaining key talent and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses. Past sessions of this workshop have had amazing feedback, and VRCA is excited to host it again for [...]

13 01, 2020

VRCA to hold two brand new electrical workshops

By |January 13th, 2020|Education, Evolving Education|

Are you interested in expanding your skillset in electrical estimating or electrical blueprint reading? VRCA can help! On March 2 and 3, VRCA will host an Electrical Estimating workshop. Participants will develop skills and knowledge to estimate electrical construction projects and prepare successful bids. The course is designed for those interested in becoming electrical [...]

27 11, 2019

VRCA to hold mental health first aid workshop

By |November 27th, 2019|Education|

Start off 2020 right with an exciting new VRCA workshop! We are pleased to offer this new 2-day workshop on January 20 and 21, called Mental Health First Aid. With research showing that one in three Canadians are impacted by mental health problems at some point in their lives, you most likely have friends, [...]

15 11, 2019

Get complimentary training through the Employers’ Advisers Office

By |November 15th, 2019|Education|

The Employers’ Advisers Office (EAO) provides advice, assistance, representation, and training on all aspects of workers’ compensation. There are eight EAO offices across British Columbia (the closest locations to Vancouver being Abbotsford and Richmond) and they offer a variety of in-person and online seminars. All courses offered by the EAO are complimentary, and the [...]

7 11, 2019

Customize training to meet your needs

By |November 7th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Did you know that VRCA can work with you to develop a customized training solution to meet your educational needs? There are several major advantages to designing your own customized training sessions, including: Convenience – Training can be delivered at your place of business, eliminating lost time and the need to coordinate employee travel [...]

22 08, 2019

Email Etiquette Workshop

By |August 22nd, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

In response to our most requested education topic, VRCA is pleased to launch a new half-day workshop called Email Etiquette. This workshop covers the key areas of volume and time management and email writing best practices. You will learn tools to use email more effectively while developing clear and concise communication habits. The instructors [...]

29 07, 2019

VRCA is now an AGC testing centre

By |July 29th, 2019|Education|

VRCA has recently become qualified to host the Association of General Contractors (AGC) CM-Lean Exam. Lean construction is based on the pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project. If you have completed the seven mandatory lean courses, you are eligible to register to take the exam [...]

15 07, 2019

Roofing Contractors Association of BC hosts complimentary workshop

By |July 15th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Join us at VRCA on October 30 for a complimentary educational morning session that will highlight significant changes to the RCABC Roofing Practices Manual and the RoofStar Guarantee Standards. The team will walk you through the restructuring of the manual, updates to the SBS standards, new metal roofing standards, review the new wind up-lift [...]

27 05, 2019

VRCA Education Needs Assessment: Mid-year update

By |May 27th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

We’re nearly halfway through 2019, and it’s time to reflect on the changes made to our educational courses following the completion of last year’s Education Needs Assessment. In 2017, VRCA applied for a grant from the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) in order to fund an industry-wide study to identify unmet education needs. [...]

15 02, 2019

Learn about green building rating systems at new workshop

By |February 15th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Are you confused about the different green building rating systems? If so, please join us May 7 for a one-day workshop to learn more about these systems and the differences between them. From LEED to Living Buildings – An Overview of Green Building Rating Systems will walk you through a comparison of LEED, BuiltGreen, [...]

11 02, 2019

Thank you to REFBC from VRCA’s education department

By |February 11th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

We know that the construction industry is a clear contributor to our local, provincial and national economies. However, external forces such as changing societal demands and expectations (particularly around climate change), the increasingly globalized, competitive market and business environment, labour market challenges and advances in knowledge and technology are creating new pressures for construction [...]

28 01, 2019

Update on VRCA Education Committee

By |January 28th, 2019|Education|

The VRCA Education Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers who feel passionate about advocating for careers in the construction trades. The current committee is made up of the following members: • Kristi Seddon, Ledcor (Chair) • Niko De Mare, Graham (Co-Chair) • Ronan Deane, Graham (Past Chair) • Faith Dempster, Skilled Trades Employment [...]

18 01, 2019

New LEED courses now open for registration

By |January 18th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

VRCA is excited to announce two new half-day workshops that will allow participants to gain LEED expertise and learn best practices. The first new workshop is scheduled for April 18 and is called LEED: Indoor Air Quality Management & Erosion and Sediment Control. Attendees will learn the key components for both of these topics in this [...]

14 01, 2019

New business management courses added to VRCA professional development offerings

By |January 14th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Business development skills were one of the most in-demand topics identified in VRCA’s recent education needs assessment. In response to this, VRCA will be adding two new courses to its education calendar that will help you to grow or enhance your business. Responding Successfully to a Request for Proposal is a two-day workshop scheduled [...]