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BTA & Affiliated Trade Unions Support Trades Training

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Careers and Trade Program Going Across Alberta

Training in the building trades will soon be available to Alberta high school students. The Building Trades of Alberta has partnered with The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF) to provide the training. Red seal journeymen will instruct students in the world-class training facilities operated by the BTA’s affiliated trade unions. TEPF developed this Trades and Climate Change Education Program in concert with Alberta Education and the Building Trades of Alberta.

Watch this video to learn about TEPF's work and the important support provided by BTA trade unions.

In the coming years, Alberta will experience a shortage of skilled trades workers. The TEPF program encourages high school students to consider careers in the skilled trades. TEPF's major fundraising activity, the Links & Legends Charity Golf Tournament, is held on August 13 at Calgary's  Valley Ridge Golf Course. The fun tournament is your chance to golf with Canadian Olympians, NHL and CFL players and alumni, and media celebrities. Sign up today to support TEPF.


TEPF's careers and trades program began in Calgary. Hats off to the trade unions that supported the first programs:

United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 496 

Calgary, AB Local 496 

International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Ironworkers, Local 725 in Calgary and Lethbridge.

 International Association of Bridge Structural Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

The $350 million worth of training facilities belonging to BTA's affiliated trade unions are vital to the success of the program. The 125-hour programs give the 12-18 students in each class hands-on training in world-class facilities, with instruction from red seal journeymen. To date, an amazing 75% of graduates have been hired as apprentices.

Based on TEPF's success in Calgary and Lethbridge, the careers and trades program is expanding to school districts throughout Alberta. Contact TEPF about program opportunities for schools.

Let the Building Trades of Alberta know you support this important educational initiative.

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The Building Trades of Alberta coordinates and promotes the interests of 16 Alberta trade unions whose 75,000 members work in the residential, commercial and industrial construction, maintenance and fabrications industries.

Nationally, Building Trades of Alberta joins the other Provincial Councils that make up Canada's Building Trades Unions. Canada's Building Trades Unions, in turn, is a member of the Building and Construction Trades Department centred in Washington, D.C.


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