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Canadian Building Trades response to training focused Federal Budget

March 22, 2013

OTTAWA, March 22, 2013 /CNW/ – The Canadian Building Trades and its
nearly 500,000 members represent the most skilled trades workforce
worldwide.  The skills our members obtain come from superb in school
instruction and from first class on the job mentoring.  The Federal
government’s budget for 2013 – 2014 will significantly increase our
ability to deliver the skilled trades workforce of tomorrow and for
that we commend Minister Flaherty.

The Canada Jobs Grant will allow an increase in the delivery of training
and the capacity to access such training.  Speaking on behalf of the
Building Trades, Canadian Operating Officer Robert Blakely said “we are
very much heartened to see that the GOC has listened to industry and
delivered on skills.  The Canada Jobs Grant will allow us to deliver
strongly needed skills in a much more timely way to the young Canadians
who need those skills to access the best jobs in  our growing

Studies by a number of authoritative sources including the Construction
Sector Council point to an exacerbation of the skills shortages that
many construction employers face.  The requirement for construction and
maintenance employers who access GOC contracts to engage in training
and apprenticeship as a part of the commercial terms can only
strengthen the growth of skills.

Blakely also indicated “the anti-union and anti-training organizations
who do not train workers and oppose  investing in training will use
high flown phrases to talk about how the requirement to train is
actually a disincentive to access skills training; this is a
self-centered and narrow view.  It is code for limited or no training
because a highly training person has job mobility.  If Canada is going
to recruit, train and deploy the roughly 300,000 people that the
Construction Sector Council says we will need, over the near term, we
need to get bang for the buck on federal investment.  The federal
budget announcements look like a really tremendous start down that

The Building Trades have over 300 state-of-the-art training facilities
across Canada which will be ready to offer first class skills training
under these Government of Canada programs.

Robert Kucheran, Canadian Director of the International Union of
Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) says this Federal Budget and the
tone it sets is an opportunity to work with government and positively
impact the Canadian labour market for the next number of years.”

About the BCTD

The North America-wide BCTD AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour -
Congress of Industrial Organizations) coordinates activities and
provides resources to 15 affiliated trade unions in the construction,
maintenance and fabrication industries. industries. In Canada, the BCTD
represents 500,000 skilled trades workers.

SOURCE Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO

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