Enhanced Construction Craft Worker

New trades training program for Aboriginal people to begin Fall 2015.

Program Goal: To develop and pilot an entry level training and certification program for Aboriginal people that enables them to access apprenticeship and employment opportunities as Certified Construction Craft Workers (CCW) in the BC industrial construction industry.

The development of an Enhanced CCW pilot program for Aboriginal people in British Columbia is underway.

The new E-CCW trades training program will be offered in B.C. starting October 2015 to fill the growing demand for labour in the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) sector. This program directly aligns with B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint to increase the number of Aboriginal People in the skilled trades by 15,000 over the next 10 years, as well as ITA’s confirmed action in An Action Plan for LNG Trades Training to develop a specialized Construction Craft Worker (CCW) Program targeted at Aboriginal People that integrates essential skills and cross-cultural components and leads directly to employment. The Tl’azt’en Nation Pilot Program in the northern interior of BC (near Fort St James) includes five key partnerships:

The Tl’azt’en Nation Pilot Program in the northern interior of BC (near Fort St James) includes five key partnerships:

  • Tl’azt’en Nation – Project host
  • College of New Caledonia, Fort St. James campus – Technical training, finances and project management
  • Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association (PGNAETA) - Skill building
  • Fort Outreach Employment Services - Employment supports
  • Trans Canada Pipelines, Mt. Milligan Mine – Program support to students

Portions of the training will be delivered directly in the Tl’azt’en Nation community in partnership with the College of New Caledonia and support from the PGNAETA.

The Gitxaala Enhanced Construction Craft Worker Pilot Program in northwest BC (near Prince Rupert) includes four key partners:

  • Gitxaala Nation – Project host and finances
  • Coast Educational Development and Research (Cedar) – Program management and reporting, recruiting, screening and assessment, job-placement and post placement management
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) – Skill building and technical training with Work Place Certifications through the Coastal Training Centre
  • Coast Industrial Construction (CIC), construction company owned by Gitxaala Nation – employer and apprentice sponsor

In a scenario with the construction of five LNG plants between 2015 and 2024, it is expected that 58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs and 23,800 permanent, direct and indirect operations jobs will be created. It is projected that Construction Craft Workers will be the largest single area of occupational demand for the construction phase of LNG development in the province.


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There are job opportunities for CCW's on construction sites across resource and construction sectors. CCW is an apprenticeable trade, requiring two levels of four weeks of training, and 4,000 hours of work-based training; in general, this takes about two years to complete. The completion of the CCW trade results in a Red Seal designation, recognizing the trade certifi cation across Canada. The Enhanced CCW program offers the following to aboriginal trades workers:

What does a CCW do?
A Construction Craft Worker installs utility piping, places concrete, constructs roads, performs selective demolition, performs underground work, assists skilled tradespersons such as Carpenters, Bricklayers and Cement Finishers in construction activities, helps Heavy Equipment Operators secure special attachments to equipment, guide operators in moving equipment and perform laboring activities at construction sites.

What does the E-CCW program offer?
E-CCW is intended for Aboriginal people in BC to address systematic barriers to training and employment. E-CCW provides specialized training and employment supports in three areas:

  1. Access to up-front essential skills assessment and upgrading, life skills, work skills, cross-cultural skills, and industry required certificates.
  2. Construction Craft Worker Level 1 in-school technical training with classroom supports.
  3. Connections to apprentice sponsorship and employment, with a workplace mentor.

Upon completion of E-CCW, participants can go on to complete the CCW Level 2 technical training, to earn their Red Seal certification.

How will the pilot programs be evaluated?
In addition to completing and submitting progress reports for the project(four in total at each stage), the selected training providers will be expected to participate in an ITA evaluation of the E-CCW program upon delivery. This may include collecting information from participants on behalf of the ITA or assisting with ITA-led evaluation activities at their organization and informing participants of the purpose of such. The purpose of the evaluation will be to determine whether the E-CCW program is meeting its objectives and making progress towards achieving the desired results. It will also examine lessons learned and best practices to inform possible future programming. An evaluation framework and matrix as well as the report template are in development and will be shared with the proponents once finalized.  

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