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The National Association of Union Schools & Colleges (NAUSC) envisions a future where the building trades industry continues to thrive with highly skilled and empowered workers. We see a harmonious partnership between industry, government, and our organization, ensuring a robust workforce, with safe and productive working environments.





Year Established
Instructors & National Resource Trainers


Training Centres Across Canada


Canada wide
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Training serves as the bedrock of every industry in which our program participants are engaged. Whether it involves professional development, pre-entry programs, apprenticeship, post-journey training, job-site leadership, or other specialized programs, NAUSC is dedicated to delivering training of the utmost quality. This commitment necessitates a relentless pursuit of improvement and access to nationwide resources, bolstered by stringent quality control protocols.


Our mission at NAUSC is to lead the building trades industry toward excellence by delivering comprehensive professional development and specialized training programs. We aim to enhance the skills, employability, and well-being of our program participants while promoting apprenticeship and post-journey training.


To fulfill our mission, NAUSC will collaborate with industry stakeholders, streamline training processes, advocate for supportive policies and harness technology to provide innovative and adaptable training solutions that strengthen the learning experience. We will leverage our national presence, expertise, and partnerships to drive industry growth and meet evolving workforce needs.



Our overarching goal is to foster a thriving and dynamic industry with a highly trained and adaptable workforce.

This goal encompasses several key objectives:

Fostering a Highly Skilled Workforce

Provide skilled workers with employment prospects through the implementation of cutting-edge training programs and resource development.

Championing Certification Recognition

Advocate for the establishment and growth of industry-recognized training programs, which will support a mobile workforce and open up more opportunities for qualified apprentices and journeypersons.

Enhancing Regional Collaboration

Strengthen collaboration among the three regional divisions (Western, Central, and Eastern Canada) to harness best practices and diverse expertise. This will ensure that our training standards consistently meet the highest benchmarks and can be seamlessly implemented throughout the entire organization.

Promoting Apprenticeships

Generate fresh opportunities for apprentices by actively endorsing the Red Seal* initiatives and supporting apprenticeship programs.

Empowering Workforce Development

Elevate the skills of our workforce, providing opportunities for all demographics. Through targeted training and development initiatives, we aim to leverage the expertise of journeypersons with post-journey training. Simultaneously, we will develop engaging apprenticeship resources and training opportunities.

Adapting to Technological Advancements

Continuously modernize our curriculum, programs, and equipment to ensure that our workforce remains proficient in the latest technologies.

Crafting Specialized Training

Design and deliver specialized training programs that align with industry demands and the latest technological advancements.

Advocating for Funding

Secure government funding to support the development and delivery of training programs in Canada, and collaborate closely with government agencies to reform and uphold regulations and policies that endorse building trades training initiatives. These initiatives should serve to enhance the overall perception and value of skilled trades, apprenticeships, and qualifications.

Promoting Public Awareness

Convey the unique value and significance of union schools within the building trades industry to the public.

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  • Industry Collaboration: Collaborate closely with industry partners and employers to identify specific skill gaps and training requirements.

  • Adaptive Training Programs: Continuously develop and update specialized training programs in response to evolving industry dynamics and emerging technologies.

  • Mentorship Initiatives: Implement mentorship programs and incentives to encourage lifelong learning and skill development among experienced workers. 

  • Apprenticeship Support: Establish apprenticeship support programs, including access to expanded resources and training opportunities, to attract and retain new talent.

  • Certification Advocacy: Advocate for the standardization and national recognition of trades certifications.

  • Technology Integration: Form a technology advisory committee to oversee the integration of cutting-edge technologies into our training programs.

  • Government Partnership: Collaborate with government agencies to secure funding for training initiatives and streamline approval processes.

  • Public Awareness Campaigns: Initiate public awareness campaigns to underscore the pivotal role and significance of union schools within the building trades industry.

  • Regional Collaboration: Foster robust communication and knowledge sharing among the regional divisions to ensure consistency and maximize effectiveness in achieving our goals.

By following this comprehensive strategy and action plan, NAUSC will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of the building trades industry, empowering workers, and meeting the industry's evolving needs. 


"NAUSC is a comprehensive solution to national standardization providing mobility of qualifications and quality assurance ensuring value and opportunity to every program participant, partner, business and training representative."
     Mike Gordon — Executive Director, NAUSC


The National Association of Union Schools & Colleges (NAUSC) is comprised of three regions in the Western, Central, and Eastern areas of Canada. It is a national organization that represents over 60,000 members and 36 local union training schools and colleges across the country. 



We welcome and value constructive feedback! Please use the form below to submit your questions or any input you may have. This may include: suggested program updates, new course development requests, access to training, etc. 

Your message will be reviewed by our Team and if required you will be contacted.

NAUSC Office

442 Gilmour Street
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0R8

Phone: 613-565-1100
Fax: 613-565-1200

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