Developing a Workforce

This unique Trade Consortium is a Sector Labour Partnership (SLP) attracting, vetting, transitioning, employing and developing a new generation of tradespeople.

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Explore & Attract

Attracting youth into the trades through practical, hands-on exploration.

Vet & Transition

Vet and transition youth from school to site through established infrastructure.

Employ & Develop

Employ and develop youth on the job with industry training and knowledge transfer.


Making it happen

The Trade Consortium currently includes the forming, concrete, and flooring industries - to employ the new generation, Trades Expo, BC's largest hands on trades event - to promot to the new generation, Canadian National Trades - to transition the new generation, and C-STA, Canadian Skilled Trades Association - to train the new generation.

All trades welcome! Call us let's make it happen.

Are you an employer in one of these trades? Looking to build your workforce?

Email us   OR   Phone us

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Building a Workforce

Short version...We are facing a critical workforce shortage. No company large or small is immuned to the impending shortage as it's a demographical shift, meaning to many retiring and not enough of those we need were born.   LEARN MORE

Collectively, the current trades represented, need between 100 - 140 new tradespeople EACH per year evey year for the next 10 years, to replace retiring, to accommodate decline in workforce participation and consertative estimated growth requirements.

The participating trades also have NO private sector training opportunities leaving the new generation with little skills development and mentorship options.

The solution is a Trade Consortium that is actively mobilized to address the issue by transitioning NEW TALENT youth from school to site and combining this with 'new' training that is practical, current, comptency based and on the job, to ensure skill development and knowldege transfer to a new generation. Collectively we are working on building the next trade workforce.


Supporting Associations
• BC Formworks Association
• Concrete Canada, Forming, Placing, Finishing, Repair Assocaiton
• BC Floor Covering Association

Are you an Association? Looking to help your membership develop a new generation workforce? Call us an see what we can do?

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Founding Companies

Founding Companies. Trades Developing Trades.
• West Fraser Concrete
• Silver Springs Concrete Services
• Captain Concrete Inc.
• Astra Concrete Ltd.
• Intrusion Prepakt Ltd.
• WhiteWater Concrete Inc.
• Syber Concrete Forming Ltd.
• Van Bros Forming
• Exclusive Flooring
• Mira Floors
• Atmosphere Floors

Are you a company looking for a workforce? Call us let's make it happen.

Email us   OR   Phone us

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Private Industry

Marketing, Promotion, Training
• Canadian National Trades
• Canadian Skilled Trades Association
• BC School Districts

Are you a public or independent school, a private program, or an alternative program looking to promote the trades to your youth? Call us.

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Trade Industry Partners

Free form, Forming systems


Residential Highrise
  • Rigging
  • Carpentry
  • Formwork Systems
  • Layout

Placing, Finishing, Repairs


residential, commercial
  • forming, Rebar
  • Placing
  • Finishing
  • specialty, Repairs

Carpet, Hardwood, Vinyl, Tile


Residential, Commercial
  • carpet
  • Hardwood
  • Vinyl Plank
  • Tile

Small → large Employers


Residential, Commerical
  • Drywall
  • Roofing
  • Framing
  • Interest in developing a workforce


THE Youth Factor
Currently there are 4 generations on job-sites. 50% of the 360,000 BC Construction Trades are retiring and the traditional 19-25 years olds we have all traditionally relied on were not born, and will continue to decline by 7% over the next 10 years. No company large or small is immuned from the impending labour shortage.

Baby-Boomers, Generation X and their kids the Millenials, are already working. The new generation workforce required is Generation Z ,coming out of school.

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Contact Us

If you are an employer looking to address your workforce shortage give us a call. New construction trades are welcome. Let's build our workforce.

Managed and organized by Canadian National Trades

Phone:   604-928-0144