UFCW Local 247 Training and Education Centre Society began the development of programs for its members and unemployed workers in 1989. Our mandate has been consistent: To encourage workers to reach their full potential by creating a habit of lifelong learning that will enrich their working and personal lives.
We currently operate employment centers in New Westminster, Burnaby, Prince George, Kelowna and Fort St. John. We also provide outreach programming and distance learning. Our centers in New Westminster, Prince George, Kelowna and Fort St. John specialize in TRADES employment. Other programming includes Career exploration in Apprenticeship and retail occupations and specialized, effective employment services for workers who are over the age of 45.
Since 2000 we have been developing a unique profiling tool designed to identify workers’ prior learning and experience in trades. The world is facing a severe drought of skilled labour in the trades and this is particularly evident in Canada. Our staff, recognizing the tremendous demand for skilled trades’ workers, used their combined trades and apprenticeship expertise to design Transferable Trade Skills (TTS). TTS helps workers assess their trade skills enabling them to transfer into compatible trades occupations or complete their trades certification.