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Basics & Theory

CHBA: Imagine Your Future in Residential Construction
CHBA online brochure Imagine Your Future in Residential Construction describes the benefits of a career in this sector. (PDF)

HRDC: Listing Of Different Management Careers
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada provides job descriptions, example titles, outlines of main duties, and employment requirements for different occupations.

ITA: Descriptions Of BC Apprenticeship Programs
BC Industry Training Authority supplies apprenticeship program descriptions and outlines, for each of the trades and industry career choices offered in British Columbia.

McGraw Hill: Purchasable Book On Choosing Career Of Your Dreams
McGraw Hill book Careers For Hards Hats & Other Constructive Types covers the possibilities and training requirements for dozens of jobs involving a wide variety of popular hobbies and interests. It provides expert advice on how readers can put their construction knowledge to work in the career of their dreams. USD $18

WorkBC: Index of Career Occupational Profiles
WorkBC online Index of Occupational Profiles offers information on trade & technological occupations, nature of work, main duties, example titles, education & training, working conditions, wages, employment opportunities, and more.
Industry Information

BCBC: Skills & Attributes That BC Employers Are Looking For
BC Business Council report 2010 Biennial Skills and Attributes Survey highlights the skills and attributes that major BC employers are looking for in new hires. (PDF)

BuildForce Canada: Report On BC Construction & Maintenance Looking Forward 2020 To 2029
BuildForce Canada's annual Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward forecasts offer a 10-year scenario of workforce supply and demand by trade, province and region. These forecasts help industry, training providers and government decision makers manage workforce requirements. (PDF)

BuildForce Canada: Research Reports For Labour Market Information
BuildForce Canada provides Labour Market Information research reports, on various topics on the Canadian construction industry, including future labour supply, impact of technology on different careers, training of workforce, and emerging trends in management.

Skills Canada BC: Annual BC Skills Competition
Skills Canada BC presents the BC Skills Competition, where young people from across BC compete in over 35 different events in the skilled trades and technologies. Over 500 youth from across BC compete to advance to the Canadian Skills Competition.

WorkBC: BC Labour Market Statistics & Career Outlooks
WorkBC provides insight into current and anticipated labour market conditions and career outlooks using provincial and federal data to generate reports, information and graphics.
Information Sources

A Career In The Trades: Debunking The Myths
Online video A Career In The Trades: Debunking The Myths debunks several myths associated with a career in the trades and provides further insights into this diverse, rewarding, and growing field.

BuildForce Canada: Canadian Resource Site On Construction Careers & HR
Originally created in 2001 as the Construction Sector Council, BuildForce Canada is a national industry-led organization committed to working with the construction industry to provide information and resources to assist with its management of workforce requirements.

Careers In Construction: Canadian Resource Site On Construction Careers
Careers In Construction gives information on various trades, including details of skills, job requirements, wages, advancement opportunities, educational options, and where to find more information.

Construction Jobs: Job Board & Career Info Centre
US Construction Jobs offers job database search, registered employers posting of jobs, job seekers posting of resumes, and career resources for the job seeker.

ITA: Resource Site For BC Trade Occupations
Industry Training Authority, responsible for BC trades training, has resources for career planning, employers & apprentices, and list of educational providers and courses.

Job Bank: Canadian Government Resource Site On Careers & Jobs
Job Bank is a Canadian Government resource site for both job-seekers and employers to learn more about the Canadian labour market and more than 500 distinct professions. Search by occupation, using National Occupational Classification codes, or do a title search to find out more about the skills and qualifications you need to excel in your chosen profession. You can also find out what the current salaries and wages are in your region and what the projected for that job will be in the future.

O*NET: Career Information & Job Descrptions
O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.

Skills Canada: Resource Site For Skilled Trades & Technology Careers
Skills Canada provides information and resources on skilled trades and technology careers for Canadian youth.
Issues & Performance

BuildForce Canada: Report On BC Construction & Maintenance Looking Forward 2019 To 2028
BuildForce Canada provides report Construction & Maintenance Looking Forward from 2019–2028 for British Columbia. (PDF)

CMHC: Labour Shortage Report For Residential Construction Industry
CMHC study examines why labour shortages arise and persist, the possible consequences of labour shortages, the tools available to manage labour supply and demand, policy implications and future research requirements. (PDF)

Careers in Construction: Essential Skills You Need for Construction Industry
Careers in Construction describes workplace essential skills for working in the construction industry. These are not technical skills, but the core skills you need to continue learning and to complete daily tasks and activities at work, such as computer skills, reading and math. You might be thinking this sounds very basic, but there are five levels for each Essential Skill and the more complex a task, the higher level the skill is assigned.

HRDC: Career Handbook For Planning Careers
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada provides ratings assigned to occupations to further define skills, worker characteristics and other indicators important for career exploration and informed career decision-making.

ITA: 2016 BC Trades Guide
BC Industry Training Authority online 2016 Trades Guide positions the trades as an exciting post-secondary option. It offers a visual overview of opportunities in the skilled trades across BC, as well as a guide about how apprenticeship works in the province and the steps needed to get started. (PDF)

WorkBC: Career Planning Information For BC Labour Market
WorkBC provides job information to help guide you through planning your career. Start by discovering the hundreds of careers available within B.C. by utilizing their online tools to help determine which career is best for you. Finalize your plan by determining your education needs, which may include choosing an institution and finding financing or assessing which skills you might need to get or upgrade.
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