In November of 2016, VICA launched its Constructing a Future program to prepare young adults for a career in the construction industry. With an almost perfect success rate — defined by graduation of program and employment — we're proud to say that most of them are working for member organizations! Thank you to everyone who supported us along the way. We're excited to see how our graduates grow professionally and where they grow in the industry!
The involvement of VICA Members and meeting them added so much value to the program. The certifications by themselves are great, but it's really a testimony to VICA as an organization that these companies are willing to come meet with us, and spend their time to share their experiences." - Woody Morrison, graduate of our January intake
MEET THE NOVEMBER 2016 CREW (OUR FIRST COHORT)
YOUTH CONSTRUCTING A FUTURE PROGRAM DELIVERABLES
- Develop job entry skills
- Build your resume and interview skills
- Go to worksites to meet potential employers and learn the do's and don'ts of construction site culture
- Learn about apprenticeship options
Gain site experience, get to know different tools, and walk away with 10 certificates:
- Construction Safety Training System (CSTS)
- OFA First Aid
- WHMIS 2015
- Fall Protection Training
- Confined Spaces Safety
- Personal Protective Equipment Training
- Ladder Safety
- Forklift Training
- Standardized Traffic Control Training (Flagging)
- Workplace Violence & Harassment
MEET THE YOUTH CONSTRUCTING A FUTURE TEAM
AMIE KILGOUR, YCF Instructor
Amie Kilgour joined VICA in October 2016 as the coordinator and instructor for our Youth Constructing a Future (YCF) Program. As a social worker and instructor, Amie brings with her over a decade of experience in employment services. Amie’s most memorable moment of the YCF program was the day of the Amazing Race. Participants completed challenges throughout Greater Victoria — at some of our member offices — using skills they learned in the program, including blueprint reading and hands-on building. They also gained knowledge about community resources.
If Amie worked in the construction industry, she would be a Cabinet Maker (Joiner) because she enjoys refinishing and restoring to make things beautiful again. She also enjoys being inside and staying warm! Amie is a hands-on kind of lady; she remodelled her home to remove a pink shag carpet and baby blue walls and also taught herself how to tile a kitchen, paint baseboards, and use a miter saw. Amie, a recent member of the “hockey mom” club, can be found at the arena every weekend with her two young sons. She admits that the 6:00 am start on Saturdays isn’t her favourite.
Funding for this program is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund