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 [...]

14 01, 2019

Evolving Education: Think outside the site

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

In an effort to enhance industry knowledge surrounding the benefits of prefabrication, VRCA is adding a new course to its education calendar called Think Outside the Site: Making Prefabrication Work for Your Project. This half-day workshop on May 9 will discuss the existing options for increasing the amount of prefabrication done on projects. Using [...]

7 01, 2019

BC Housing offers seminar on mitigating thermal bridging

By |January 7th, 2019|Education|

Looking for an overview on thermal bridging and how to assess thermal bridging based on new energy codes and standards? On Jan. 30, BC Housing is offering a seminar entitled Building Smart by Mitigating Thermal Bridging that will cover these topics. This seminar will be available online or in-person at Brix Studio (102 - [...]

17 12, 2018

Exciting updates to VRCA’s course description booklet

By |December 17th, 2018|Education|

The education needs assessment that VRCA conducted this summer not only provided us with a better look at the kinds of courses our members need to succeed in the industry, it also motivated us to update the ways in which we communicate education news to our members. For this reason, VRCA’s education department will [...]

26 11, 2018

The results are in, Part 2: A deeper dive into the education needs assessment

By |November 26th, 2018|Education|

VRCA recently announced several unmet education topics that were revealed during the industry-wide education needs assessment that ran this past summer. Some of the most in-demand education topics included: People Management; Business Management; Lean Construction; Green Building Standards; and Building Information Modelling for Project Managers. The VRCA Education Department is currently planning several new [...]

19 11, 2018

New online course: Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace

By |November 19th, 2018|Education, Gold Seal Certification|

VRCA is excited to present a new online course entitled Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace. This course will explore how respectful and inclusive workplaces benefit everyone by eliminating discrimination and harassment. Tradespeople and supervisors in the construction and maintenance industry will learn how to create a culture of respect through inclusive communication, [...]

8 11, 2018

VRCA holds popular new Planning for Foremen course

By |November 8th, 2018|Education, Evolving Education|

In our recent Education Needs Assessment, members and industry professionals identified a need for courses for those in foremen/supervisor roles. VRCA hosted a new course on Oct. 25 based on this feedback, called Planning for Foremen. The course was intended to provide foremen with skills in practical task planning. Hands-on activities and practical exercises [...]

22 10, 2018

CCDC Construction Management Contracts

By |October 22nd, 2018|CCDC Education, Education|

VRCA will host a half-day class Nov. 9 on CCDC Construction Management Contracts. Construction Management (CM) form of project delivery takes a team approach to the construction process. The concept joins the owner, consultant and contractor in a team whose objective is to deliver the project with emphasis on time, budget and constructability. The [...]