A new province-wide construction training program launched in Prince George as part of the new Builders Code will look to improve worksite culture and tackle harassment, hazing and bullying by providing training for construction company owners, executives and HR managers. The training program was announced by Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA) CEO Scott Bone at one of the many Contractor Breakfasts taking place around the province as part of Construction and Skilled Trades Month in BC.
In B.C., most of the province’s 25,000 construction employers operate without all the policies, skills or resources to define and promote an acceptable workplace culture, and many do not recognize the direct link between a diverse, inclusive, and equitable worksite and improved retention, safety, and productivity outcomes. Leaders can underestimate the financial impacts from turnover, lost time to accidents, injury related health care costs, legal actions, rehiring costs, and workforce productivity issues that result from culture challenges on the worksite.
The new Builders Code training program is a one-day workshop where participants explore issues such as: the nature and impact of unacceptable worksite conduct; how to enable and encourage an acceptable worksite culture; the tools that can be used to build that culture; and the benefits of doing so. The workshop sessions will also focus on the role and responsibility of corporate leaders and HR managers. Companies whose management complete the training will benefit from an increased capacity to address behaviour issues that affect safety and productivity, and can use their training certification to promote their company and culture to potential employees, as well as clients. The training has been developed by experienced training providers in partnership with project partners including BCCA, the Industry Training Authority (ITA), WorkSafeBC, and the Minerva Foundation of BC.
Registration for the workshops will be available through B.C.’s four Regional Construction Associations. The NRCA is the first construction association to offer the training workshop, which will take place at the Sandman Signature in Prince George on May 30th. The course is free during the pilot phase, and will be made available in each economic region (North Coast/Nechako, Northeast, Cariboo), as well as Mainland/Southwest (VRCA), Vancouver Island (VICA), the Kootenays and Thompson-Okanagan (SICA) over the coming weeks. Dates for all regions will be available at www.builderscode.ca
“On behalf of the Northern Regional Construction Association, we’re pleased to be the first to offer this powerful Builders Code training to employers in the northern region,” said Bone. “Our association recognizes the labour challenges our industry faces and understands that improving the culture on jobsites could play an important role in helping our employers retain the skilled tradespeople they need. The turnout for today’s celebration of Construction Month is a reflection of the strength of our growing industry and the pride we take in helping build a better B.C. Today’s event also demonstrates how our members are committed to professional development and best practices through innovative programs like the Builders Code.”
At today’s breakfast, six employers stepped forward to become among the first in B.C. to sign up for the Builders Code workshops for owners and executives, including Viking Construction, ARMTEC, WestCana, Houle Electric and RF Klien & Sons.
“The fact is, there is no place for harassment, hazing or bullying in society these days, especially on a jobsite,” said Cory Klien, CEO at RF Klein & Sons. “For us, progressive leadership means taking advantage of the latest training on these issues to make sure they don’t become a problem on our jobsites.”
The event also saw 31 employers sign the Builders Code Acceptable Worksite Pledge, publicly affirming their commitment to providing a worksite free of harassment, hazing or bullying.
“We encourage all construction employers across B.C. to visit the Builders Code website to learn more about these informative workshops,” said Chris Atchison, President of the BC Construction Association. “This training emphasizes that we all play a role in creating a productive, safe environment, whether we’re on the worksite, in the office or in the boardroom.”
The HR and executive training workshops are part of the comprehensive Builders Code initiative that seeks to set a baseline code of conduct for B.C. construction worksites. The Builders Code provides employers with a wide range of resources, including downloadable policies and posters, online and onsite training for personnel, HR/dispute resolution advisors, employer scorecards and awards, and a worksite “Don’t be a Tool” ad campaign.
Additional tools coming soon include: training for union business managers, site supervisors and foremen, and a crew training app.