Maintenance Electrician Dustin Hance sat down with Skills Ready Career Catalyst Dave Lovisa for an ‘Industry Interview’. Hance began his electrical career in 2012 and has since progressed to earn his Red Seal certification He shared his career journey, the barriers he has faced, plans for the future and advice for aspiring tradespeople in his

Team Construction Management’s Chuck Cullen has found a rewarding career as a Senior Project Manager with the Kelowna-based construction outfit. Since moving to British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Cullen has progressed from an entry-level labourer to a Gold Seal certified Project Manager over the course of his career. Cullen quickly realized that ‘digging holes’ and ‘carrying

Skills Ready has kicked off the Fall Season with a total of six workshops in late September, providing participants with an intro to metalwork and the trades careers in both Vancouver and Prince George areas. Skills Ready Director of Project Operations, Rene Ragetli is joined by sheet metal worker Sheila Sadler for the Lower Mainland workshops, while the

Julie Patterson is the owner-operator of Julie Patterson Finishing Carpentry, located in Kelowna. Twelve and a half years after starting her career as a labourer, she is operating her own successful business. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL Following in her mother’s footsteps of running her own business and a desire to work in an industry


Sheila is a ticketed Sheet Metal worker at Viaduct Sheet Metal Ltd. in Surrey with 17 years of experience. She came into her career through a desire to provide for her family, curiosity and good luck and shared her experience of becoming a sheet metal worker with Skills Ready. Sheila struggled as a youth in


We spoke with Mott Electric third year apprentice Yoni about his time as an electrician and some of the experiences he’s had in his electrical career to date. What’s your name and where are you from?My name is Yoni, I’m from the Lower mainland in Richmond and I work for Mott Electric as an electrician.

The Skills Ready Project of the Week Spotlight for the week of April 17, 2020 was submitted by Mr. Clint Maltais of Peter Greer Elementary School. Mr. Maltais’ project is a Pollinator Hotel for bees, and is appropriate for students from Grades 4-6.  Using a mix of nails, mesh wire, staples, wood glue, food grade


Looking for activities you can tackle from home? Below is a selection of projects that are perfect for a home setting; these could be the activities you’re looking for! 1. Open School – Keep Learning The Ministry of Education has put together a series of resources to help parents during this time of distant learning.

The Construction Foundation’s Skills Ready team has been taking measures to help limit the spread of COVID-19 by moving to remote work protocols for our offices. But that does not mean our work has stopped. One thing we know is that learning happens in a number of different ways and that is why we are

VICTORIA, BC – For the past two weeks, students from the Vancouver area have been hard at work in the classroom, learning and preparing to hit the water in a cardboard boat that they have designed and constructed. In what has become an annual competition, two schools are tasked with the design and testing of


Are you ready to apply for your first job? Maybe you’ve been working for awhile but want to move on to something new. What do you need to apply for that job? A resume. Below, we’ve outlined some important information you should include on your resume and some of the do’s and don’ts of resume

Skills Ready and the Central Okanagan Public School/BCIT Construction Electrician Foundation class recently hosted a Showcase Event to highlight the electrical students’ work and to connect them with Industry. Employers were introduced to students in an environment that is familiar and comfortable for the students, allowing them to express themselves more openly and with more