MISSISSAUGA, ONT. — The Ontario government today announced it is spending $1 million to help the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) offer free leadership training to 300 construction workers.
The new virtual initiative, called the Supervisor Micro-Certification Program, will offer training modules in topics such as health and safety compliance, coaching and mentoring, negotiation, performance evaluation and scheduling. The program can be accessed via mobile devices any time according to the worker’s own schedule.
The training will help develop new site supervisors, lead hands, forepersons and superintendents, stated a release. The program will run from Oct. 1 to March 31, 2022. Over time, CLAC will expand course programing to provide the emerging supervisors with additional support.
Details of the plan were announced at an Indwell affordable housing site in Mississauga by Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton. The efficiency-focused project is being built by Schilthuis Construction, a member company of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA).
“Building the next generation of leaders in this industry, those who will be crucial to moving important projects forward, is essential to our communities and the strength of our economy,” said McNaughton. “This project will offer workers high-quality training, on their own schedule and from anywhere in our province, so they can advance in their careers and earn more.”
“CLAC is thrilled with this funding announcement and looks forward to working with employer partners, the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) and other industry leaders to develop a leadership program that meets the needs of the modern and mobile learner,” said Colin de Raaf, CLAC Ontario training director.
Karen Renkema, Ontario vice-president for the PCA, said the development of the program was a collaborative effort.
The PCA is “delighted that CLAC provided our member companies with the opportunity to share their insight and expertise in developing the program,” said Renkema.