Construction Leadership Awards Come to Camosun College

BC's builders are enjoying a month in the spotlight as the province rallies to show support and appreciation for the 225,000 skilled tradespeople across BC, with an official "Construction Month" proclamation.

As part of the local activities this month, Camosun is honouring Cori Coutts, KNAPPETT PROJECTS INC, with a Construction Leadership Award for her leadership in the sector and outstanding support of Camosun's Construction Programs. Cori Coutts and KNAPPETT PROJECTS INC have provided workplace practicums, interviews and guidance for Camosun's foundation students, apprentices and our Multi-Industry Skills training programs.

"We're proud to participate in Construction Month and especially to recognize local industry leaders," says Olaf Nielsen, Chair of Trades Development & Special Projects at Camosun. "Camosun, with the support of the Construction leaders in Victoria and the surrounding areas, contribute to the overall success of the students and future apprenticeships. We want to thank Vancouver Island employers for their continuing support."

Other companies recognized for their support of Camosun's Multi-Industry Skills Training over the past year include: Slegg Building Materials, Knappett Projects Inc., Brewis Electric, Kinetic Construction, Rhino Labour, Ralmax Group of Companies, BC Ferries, Seaspan, Victoria BC Regional Council of Carpenters.

The awards were presented during the Construction Month Contractor's Breakfast April 24 at 8am hosted by Camosun with financial and promotional support provided by the BC Construction Association.

Trades impact

With more than 23,500 construction companies in BC contributing 8.6% of provincial GDP, the skilled workforce reaches into every community and plays a crucial role in our local economies.

"Construction Month is a chance to raise awareness of the important work done by our skilled workforce" says BCCA President Chris Atchison. "Our industry provides rewarding, challenging careers and it takes a great deal of commitment, skill and experience to succeed. As the construction season kicks into high gear, it feels right to celebrate the people who build our province."

Builders are the stewards of our built environment: BC's construction sector is larger than forestry, mining and fishing industries combined, with projects currently underway valued at more than $75 billion.

Construction is booming in the province yet the industry predicts a shortage of more than 14,000 skilled tradespeople over the next 8 years. Only 1 in 70 BC high school graduates currently enter construction trades programs within one year of graduation. BC needs that to be 1 in 10 in order to fill the gap created by 57,000 retirements over the next decade.

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Original article from Camosun College