Construction Labour Relations Association of BC

Construction Labour Relations Association of BC

April 29, 2014 15:35 ET

CLRA Contractors Support BC Government's Skills Training Initiatives

NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 29, 2014) - BC's organized building contractors support the Provincial government's moves to re-engineer and rejuvenate the province's education and training infrastructure to meet the needs of a changing labour market.

"These refocused efforts and the funding stability proposed for post-secondary education spending will help young people entering the trades, the employers who hire them as apprentices and the investors who are planning significant industrial projects in the province over the next decade," said Clyde Scollan, President of the Construction Labour Relations Association (CLR). The association represents more than 300 small and medium sized contractors throughout the province.

"We are encouraged that apprentices can look forward to increased supports and access to training, that employers can anticipate increased input into decisions and that training programs will be structured to address economic considerations," he said.

"Increasing funding by $6.6 million this year for critical trade seats will have a real, immediate effect for apprentices, employers and the economy by reducing waitlists for the training," Scollan said.

"Our members look forward to working with government, participating in Sector Advisory Councils, and collaborating with a rejuvenated ITA focused on meeting the demands of BC's growing economy," he said.

"The government promised consultation and it is clear from this announcement that they have listened to many of us across all sectors involved with skills training," Scollan said.

"The future success of our member companies, and of this province's economy, depends on having a highly skilled workforce capable of meeting the challenges of a growing economy. The measures just announced will go a long way to ensuring people from all areas of the province will have access to gaining the skills necessary to benefit from the projects we all expect to be built over the next decade."

Contact Information

  • Construction Labour Relations Association of BC
    Clyde Scollan
    President and CEO
    604-524-4911 or Cell: 604-802-0856