The Construction Foundation of BC’s Skills Ready initiative held Professional Day workshops this past week with School District No. 78 (Fraser Cascades). Director of Project Operations René Ragetli introduced small groups of educators to trades-related activities that can benefit their classrooms. Two sessions were developed to encourage teachers to try additional hands-on activities in their
Johanna has found a stable career as a carpenter with Greyback Construction, allowing her to accomplish both her life and career goals, all while preparing for her future. Her journey as a tradeswoman began after her curiosity was peaked from viewing a poster advertising trades at her son’s school. Johanna had experience in a number
Carpenter Drake Sylvestre recently received his carpenter Red Seal certificate, married his wife and welcomed his first child all within the last year. The enthusiastic young carpenter has made major leaps in his career in an increasingly challenging environment brought on by a global pandemic. Construction Foundation of BC Career Catalyst Dave Lovisa chatted with
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