The mission of the National Association of Union Schools & Colleges is to provide a national strategy for a comprehensive professional development program to include training for every working member, business and training representative in our organization to include Apprenticeship, Safety, Education, PostJourney, Computer training courses and Specialty Training programs to every classification of worker we represent in the building trades construction industry.
Training Centres Across Canada
Union training centers and their involvement regarding trades training funding, trade advisory committees, codes and standards committees are not clearly understood by government, industry, or the general public. Policy changes inconsistent with industry's needs can create challenges for clients, owners, contractors, as well as workers and their families.
Providing skilled workers with employment
Development and delivery of specialized training
Upgrading skills of aging workforce
Creating new opportunities for Apprentices
Promoting apprenticeship and skills training
Development and recognition of trades certification
Funding for training programs (federal and provincial government sources)
Inflexibility of government offices (policies regarding training)
Recognition of Tradespersons as deserving of respect by government officials
Sufficient government funding for programs (ie: realistic per diems)
Unrealistic expectations by government of course outcomes (ie: job guarantee at conclusion of program)
Getting workers through “red tape” of different departments of government to gain access to funding
Offsetting sudden policy changes which can cause hardship for working people and their families
Public recognition of the unique nature of union schools
Promote an understanding of the construction industry
The National Association of Union Schools & Colleges (NAUSC) is comprised of three regional associations in the Western, Central, and Eastern areas of Canada. It is a national organization that represents over 56,000 members and 36 local union training schools and colleges across the country.
Recognition and support of the role of union training centers in providing specialized training to industry
Flexibility to deliver specialty courses as needed by industry on sometimes very short notice
Reduction of red tape and approval times for
prospective students with a streamlining of HRSDC/Service Canada policies
Realistic Trade Qualifier policies that meet industry needs and the needs of workers trying to better
Apprenticeship Enhancement Training: Apprentices who have completed their apprenticeship training and have an appropriate number of hours of work experience (to be determined by each trade) need to be eligible to avail of specialized training.
Industry training for union-recognized non-apprenticeable trades classifications
Reassessment of industry’s needs with respect
to training through a review of the National
To work collectively with government departments to access funding for training program development
and delivery, and to work to change regulations
and policies that adversely affect building trades
training program delivery
To ensure that a proactive approach is used towards delivery of necessary training for industry's needs
well in advance of project start dates by working with contractors, employers, and government
To ensure that workers are trained for new technology that is part of the workplace with up to date curriculum, programs, and equipment
"NAUSC is a comprehensive solution to national standardization providing mobility of qualifications and quality assurance ensuring value and opportunity to every member, partner, business and training representative."
- Mike Gordon
Executive Director, National Association of Union Schools and Colleges
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