Education and Training Trust Fund

The vision adopted by the Trustees of the Fund is defined as "Excellence for all Boilermaker Apprenticeship and Education." It's a vision that focuses on goals, results, and accountability. This vision provides an agenda to focus all efforts to prepare Boilermakers for the future.

The vision of the Trustees continues to include new models of total national quality to ensure that clients will receive the best-qualified Boilermakers. In Canada the apprenticeship authority rests with the individual provinces and this makes it extremely important that the trustees work with each province to standardize the delivery of Boilermaker and Welder apprenticeship programs in Canada.

To facilitate a National focus the Trustees entered into agreements with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. One of the agreements was directed at the development of a truly National apprenticeship program for the Boilermaker Trade. The completion of the Common Core Curriculum and development of the Instructor Reference Guides was completed in 1997. This has been a significant achievement for the boilermaker industry to date.

Boilermaker Virtual Campus™ (BVC)

The Boilermaker Virtual Campus™ was implemented to give our members learning opportunities that are easily accessible and convenient. Learning anywhere at anytime means we can build on our current training courses and programs giving boilermaker members more choices and opportunities for continuous life long learning.

National Training's core values are to promote standardization in the industry, to positively influence the industry culture by assessing and addressing the needs of our clients, contractors and members. The Boilermaker Virtual Campus™ is a progressive tool which allows the boilermakers to design training courses and programs that reflect best and current practices in our industry.

"Learning to Learn" - A Boilermaker Study Guide

Grant Jacobs, National Training Coordinator is pleased to announce this latest addition to the Boilermaker Virtual Campus.

To assist our apprentices in their efforts to do well in school and to help our members who may be considering taking an upgrade program or achieving another trade ticket, Boilermaker National Training in conjunction with the Construction Sector Council has developed the Boilermaker Study Guide entitled "Learning to Learn". Members can obtain the "Learning to Learn Guide" in the Boilermaker Virtual Campus within Members Only.

Job Stewards Training

Job Stewards are the men and women who represent the union in the shop and the field. These individuals are the front line people whose main focus is to keep the job running smoothly by working with the employer and the members to iron out any issues on the job. As such the work of a job steward is critical to a smooth running shop or field construction site.

Training is the key to how competent the job steward will do their job. Training for Boilermaker job stewards focuses on people skills, interpretation of the collective agreements, grievance procedure, jurisdiction, duty of fair representation, knowledge of the lodge bylaws and the international constitution.

It is the desire of the local union to keep all shop and field jobs running smoothly so that our employers can bid on work and know they can count on the boilermakers to help them bring the job in on time and on budget. A well trained job steward and a crew that respects the job steward's judgment and commitment to do a good job is a winning combination.

Supervisor Training

A key to any successful job is the ability of the supervisor to coordinate the movement of people, tools, equipment and materials. The competencies of a construction supervisor are not just born in to them they must be learned. The Boilermakers provide two levels of supervisor training, one for the front line supervisor and another program for supervisors who work at the superintendent and project management level.

Instructor Training

Opportunities exist for individuals interested in using their knowledge and skills to train young people in the trade of boilermaker, welder and steel fabricator.

Instructor positions are needed to teach all disciplines of these demanding trades and generally the first requirement is to have completed an apprenticeship program and work in the trade for five or more years. However it is also advantageous to have taken professional development courses in public speaking, coaching, and education courses for instruction in adult learning.

Person's hired as instructors demonstrate an internal desire to pass on their knowledge, a keen sense of what is needed to improve apprenticeship training programs, an ability to work cooperatively with other people and skills in understanding what it takes to motivate people to do their best.

Upgrade Training

Each boilermaker local union in Canada has a training school which is part of their facility. These schools are staffed by trainers who are boilermakers with the necessary trade tickets, academic training, and job work experience to meet the needs for training of local union members.

The training needs are ongoing and are designed to meet the requirements of the plant owners and our contractors. Training programs center on constant upgrading and updating courses in safety, welding, rigging, supervision, job steward, and essential skills.

National Training provides the conduit to help keep these training programs current and standardized. Each year or more often if the need arises the Training Coordinators and the National Training Coordinator meet to discuss issues and share resources. Once a year National Training plans a training event designed to update the training coordinators and training staff of each local union to keep them current with changing technologies and training trends in industry. These train the trainer events can range from several days to a week in length.

2nd Annual Train the Trainer Event

Safety Training

The main purpose of health and safety training is to protect boilermakers against health and safety hazards through increased hazard awareness and knowledge of workplace rights. Health and safety training is taught to apprentices as part of their in-school training curriculum and individual local lodges provide a range of mandatory and optional health and safety training courses as well to keep members up to date with changing legislation, safety procedures and new products and changing technologies. These courses are designed so that boilermakers can develop a core foundation in relevant health and safety topics such as: confined space, WHMIS, CSTS, respirator fit testing, fall protection, workplace stakeholder health and safety responsibilities, and rights under applicable safety and health laws.

Contact your local lodge if you have any questions regarding available health and safety training courses.