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New fund supports masonry training in B.C.

DCN-JOC News Services
New fund supports masonry training in B.C.
MASONRY INSTITUTE OF B.C.—A mason works laying brick. A new fund established by the Masonry Institute of B.C. will assist those learning the trade or looking to up their skills.

VICTORIA—B.C. masons are looking to give those learning the trade a rock-solid foundation.

The Masonry Institute of BC (MIBC) recently announced it has established a new training fund with the Construction Foundation of BC that aims to provide tuition and training support for individuals entering or continuing education in the masonry trades.

“The masonry trade has a rich and vibrant history. Some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements have been built by masons and have lasted lifetimes,” said Joshua French, general manager of HS Masonry Inc. and president of MIBC and the Canadian Masonry Contractors Association. “We established this fund because we are proud of our trade and look forward to sharing these skills with future generations.”

The institute stated the fund fulfills part of its mandate to enhance the development of masonry in B.C. by supporting designers, educators and building officials.

“Masons are in high demand in the province,” said Bill Olexa, district manager of Scorpio

Masonry and vice-president of MIBC. “The earning potential for new entrants to the industry is substantial and I would encourage anyone who is looking for a career with staying power to consider masonry.”

Eligible applicants will receive up to $1,000 to be applied to training costs incurred at the Trowel Trades Training Association.

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