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Canadian News Ontario Apprentices Go For The Gold In Skills Competition BC Provincial Government Invests in Local 115 Training BRITISH COLUMBIA MAY have received record-breaking rain on Saturday June 18th, but that didn’t stop more than 700 people from coming to the IUOE Local 115 Training Association annual heavy equipment rodeo and open house. The event, held yearly, gives children and adults alike the chance to try their hand at being an equipment operator. [above] Local 793 apprentices competed in an event recently at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition at Rim Park in Waterloo, Ont. From L to R are: (back row) Walter Hollasch (instructor), Craig Giles (OETIO lead instructor), Riley Geerts, Samantha Grant (Skills Ontario), Cassidy Frey, Grant Brown, Dalton Goodhill, Avery Moodie (instructor) and (front row) John DiRisio (bronze medalist), Bruce Cringan (gold medalist), Joe Dowdall (OETIO director of training and apprenticeship) and Nick Grolway (silver medalist). [left] Third-year crane apprentice Riley Geerts was one of seven Local 793 crane apprentices who participated in a competition recently at the Ontario Technological Skills Competition at Rim Park in Waterloo, Ont. Riley, who works for Mammoet Canada Eastern Ltd., was trying to lower a drum filled with water into a cage. Judges put the apprentices through a series of practical exercises. They also had to complete a written test. Local 793 apprentice Bruce Cringan was the gold medalist. Silver went to Nick Grolway and bronze went to John DiRisio. This year, however, it wasn’t just curious future operators who showed up. Provincial government officials, including Maple Ridge-Mission Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Marc Dalton and Maple Ridge- Pitt Meadows MLA Doug Bing were in attendance to deliver some great news for IUOE Local 115’s Training Association (IUOETA). At the event, the BC government announced they are providing 3,000 to IUOETA through the end of March next year to help support trade training in the province. The funding amounts to 160 training seats at IUOETA, which means better safety on worksites in the province, and more: “The ministry has ensured the next generation of trades people trained by the IUOE Local 115 Training Association (IUOETA) receive industryleading training unmatched in British Columbia. I appreciate the ministry’s continued support and strengthened partnership. We look forward to working on future initiatives as we continue to build BC,” says Brian Cochrane, IUOE Local 115 Business Manager. The investment is part of the government’s objectives to help bolster demand-driven trades training, and IUOETA’s programs, including heavy equipment, mobile crane, asphalt paving/laydown technician and boom truck operator, were identified as highpriority trades. In addition to the training investment, the BC government also approved a 10-year extension of the lease for the unique Maple Ridge training facility, which will allow IUOETA to expand programs in a secure environment. The facility is over 40 acres with more than 30 pieces of equipment used in the field, and simulators to help students learn controls in a safe environment. The state of the art set-up allows instructors to give students hands-on training with realistic job site conditions. [above] A bird’s eye view of part of Local 115’s training site. [below] L to R: Brian Lefebvre, Assistant Business Manager IUOE Local 115; Jeff Gorham, Administrator Training Association IUOE Local 115; Jerome Rodriguez, Manager of Industry Relations, Industry Training Association (ITA); Marc Dalton, MLA Maple Ridge – Mission; Shannon Hanson, Apprenticeship Advisor ITA; Dr. Doug Bing, MLA Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows; and Brian Cochrane, Business Manager IUOE Local 115. 18 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER SUMMER 2016 19

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