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Essential Skills Training Best Practice

Essential Skills Training

Workforce Development

The essential skills for the construction workforce are reading, writing, math, document use, oral communication and English as a Second Language.  In 2012, to address gaps in the then rapidly-growing workforce, COAA provided leadership to form a network of Alberta training organizations specializing in assisting construction workers and their employers in identifying and addressing essential… Read more »

Company Best Practice

Workplace Respect Toolkit Best Practice

Workplace Respect Toolkit with supplementary documents

Workforce Development

This best practice was first developed in 2004 to support company development of respectful workplace programs. This updated Toolkit released in 2011 remains a best practice that all stakeholders within the Alberta construction industry can adopt and follow. Its goal is to assist companies in building workplaces that are free from unprofessional conduct, harassment and… Read more »

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She Works Best Practice

She Works

Workforce Development

This collection of best practices provides guides to recruitment and retention of tradeswomen in response to the general increase in shortage of skilled trades people. These best practices include pre-trades training programs, interviewing, workplace respect, communication styles and She Works training for supervisors or HR staff. The She Works training is provided by Women Building… Read more »

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Fuel Your Career - Supervisor ICCS Certification Best Practice

Fuel Your Career – Supervisor ICCS Certification

Workforce Development

Industrial Construction Crew Supervisor (ICCS) is a designated occupation administered and certified by the Government of Alberta. It verifies a foreman is knowledgeable in the key competencies required of a frontline supervisor working in the industrial construction industry. ICCS is also a recognized best practice of Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA). Alberta Apprenticeship and… Read more »

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Construction Management Competency Tool Best Practice

Construction Management Competency Tool Best Practice

Workforce Development

Download this best practice for the User Guide and the Validator Guide. To use the excel (macro-enabled) tool, download the document Construction Management Competency Tool Excel.xlsm. *Please note that not all browsers support downloading this file, we recommend trying another browser if the download is not working.

Project Best Practice

Absenteeism Tracking Tool Best Practice

Absenteeism Tracking Tool Summary

Workforce Development

The purpose of the Absenteeism Tracking Tool, which has been development in Microsoft Access 2007, is to keep track of and analyze absenteeism data gathered through Workplace Satisfaction Surveys. The surveys are to be help periodically on pre-defined time periods to enable adequate analysis of absenteeism causes and to measure effectiveness of mitigation strategies implemented… Read more »

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Foreman Skills Development Tool Best Practice

Foremen Skills Development Tool

Workforce Development

This best practice provides methods to measure a foreman’s skill level in six key areas of responsibility. The Foreman Skills Development Tool consists of three questionnaires for self-assessment, peer review and supervisor review and also incorporates project performance data in order to provide baselines and support to a foreman training program. This tool was developed… Read more »

Company Best Practice

Apprentice Mentoring Best Practice

Apprentice Mentoring

Workforce Development

The Apprentice Mentoring Program (AMP) was developed by a group of industry stakeholders as a best practice of the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA). It is provided to companies free of charge, and is intended to help improve the skills and knowledge of apprentices on a work site so they are more able to… Read more »

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Apprenticeship Training Guide Best Practice

Apprenticeship Training Guide

Workforce Development

The best practices outlined in this booklet are based on key learning experiences from two mentoring programs and a study on the effectiveness of apprentices on large industrial projects in Alberta. This booklet aims to enhance the on-the-job portion of apprenticeship learning so that both apprentices and journeymen can have positive learning experiences. In 2005… Read more »