Training and Initiatives

CBTU supports a variety of training institutions and initiatives, including the following:

  • Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees (JATCs): administer apprenticeship programs in most provinces and operate training centres funded by industry through Training Trust Funds. These training institutions are acknowledged as centres of excellence across the country.
  • National Apprenticeship and Red Seal Standards: promote interprovincial standards and improve mobility for skilled tradespeople in Canada
  • Essential Skills: assessment and training as an integral part of the apprenticeship system.
  • Lifelong Learning: supports tradespeople in their career paths.
  • On-the-job Training and Mentoring: skills development that prepares skilled tradespeople to teach apprentices.
  • Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR): allow people who aspire to careers in the trades to receive recognition and credit for the skills and knowledge that they already have.
  • Equity: strategies designed to attract, train and retain people, such as women, immigrants and Aboriginals, who have traditionally been underrepresented in the construction industry.

As part of its commitment to training, CBTU also supports certification and skills validation for construction professionals and participates in:

  • Provincial Trade Advisory Committees, Apprenticeship Boards and Authorities and other governing bodies
  • The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
  • BuildForce Canada (formerly the Construction Sector Council)

If you’d like to find out more about the training institutions and initiatives supported by the CBTU, we encourage you to read the National Apprenticeship & Training Policy for the Construction Industry.