Canadian Construction Industry Applauds Report

    OTTAWA, July 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Building Trades, Bantrel
Constructors and the Industrial Contractors Association of Canada strongly
support the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum Report "It Pays to Hire an

    Today, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum released a report entitled "It
Pays to Hire an Apprentice: Calculating the Return on Training Investment for
Skilled Trades Employers in Canada". The Canadian Building Trades recognizes
the importance of this report - it gives employers the financial information
necessary to make a smart training decision. For the construction industry,
workforce planning is a major component of day to day operations.
    Tony Fanelli, Manager of Labour Relations for Bantrel Constructors says
"this report highlights the financial benefits to hiring, training and
developing a labour force for the future. This study gives us the information
we need when making a case to industry for the apprenticeship system across
Canada. This study also highlights to industry that training is about
investing in people - while at the same time not taking our eyes off investing
in our core business."
    Robert R Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs, for the Canadian Building
Trades said "This report will assist industry partners in addressing skilled
labour shortages - this is the hard proof to contractors and purchasers of
construction that training is beneficial to their bottom lines. This ought to
assist with planning a labour force strategy and workforce delivery by our
organization. Proof that training is cost effective, which comes at a time
when our Industry needs to bring in people to replace the Bay Boomers who are
going to retire could not be timelier."
    Hugh Tackaberry, from the Industrial Contractor's Association of Canada,
says "the report will justify the value of employing apprentices in
construction. This will be particularly important as the construction industry
endeavors to sustain its workforce levels while concurrently experiencing a
large number of retirements."

    About the BCTD, Canadian Building Trades

    The North America-wide Building and Construction Trades Department,
AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labour - Congress of Industrial Organizations)
coordinates activities and provides resources to 15 affiliated trade unions in
the construction and manufacturing industries. It has 386 state, provincial
and local councils in Canada and the United States. In Canada, the BCTD
represents 400,000 skilled trades workers.

    About Bantrel Constructors

    Bantrel Constructors Co. is a leader in construction for the energy,
chemical and power industries. Since our establishment in 2003 as a wholly
owned subsidiary of Bantrel, we have performed over $2 billion in construction
work and established an award-winning record of safely tackling some of the
largest and most complicated industrial construction projects in Canada.
Bantrel Constructors Co. provides the industry's most comprehensive range of
construction and related services available.

    About the Industrial Contractors Association

    The Association is comprised of industrial contractors who provide
engineering, procurement and construction services across Canada. Our primary
purpose is to promote and foster the development of industrial construction,
while enhancing our nation's economy and working co-operatively in the
construction industry, and with the owner-client community to whom we provide

For further information:

For further information: Christopher Smillie, Government and Regulatory
Affairs, Office: (613) 236-0653 x 4, Cell: (613) 219-1867,

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