July 2012

Canadian Report 2012: IMPACT Supports Canadian Activities

The Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) continues to support a variety of Canadian activities.

Foreman Training

Ironworkers at Vale Inco's commercial nickel processing facility in Long Harbour, Newfoundland are placing Seven thousand tons of reinforcing steel. The rebar work is being done by crews under the supervision of ironworker foremen. Once rebar is placed, other ironworker foremen and their crews will continue the construction process.

To help ensure our employers have the crew leadership required to meet project safety and construction requirements, IMPACT recently conducted a foreman training course in St. John's, Newfoundland. Working with Local 764 Business Manager Tom Woodford and Training Coordinator Larry Hawco, IMPACT's Director of Education and Training Rick Sullivan, and Local 721 (Toronto, Ontario) Apprenticeship Coordinator Clint Knowlton conducted the foreman training course for 22 participants representing a number of local contractors.

David Clark, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Consultant for Vale Inco, spoke to the course participants focusing on the ironworker leadership required for Long Harbour and other upcoming construction projects. Clark commented, "The ironworker's constant professional improvement with a focus on leadership development for foremen will help ensure quality work is done on the jobsite."

Foreman Training for Ironworkers is a three-day course designed by IMPACT to help develop skilled ironworker foremen. During this highly interactive course, the participants learn the roles and responsibilities of the foreman. In addition, they learn how to create an effective work team, communicate effectively, apply problem-solving skills, document and maintain records, maintain labor-management relations, plan and schedule work, implement a safety program, and ensure the quality of work.

When asked about the course, one of the participants responded, "This course opens up your mind to the things that a foreman has to face every day." Another said, "This course should be mandatory for all journeymen."

Superintendent Training for Ironworkers

IMPACT recently pilot tested a new course entitled Superintendent Training for Ironworkers. Several Canadians participated in the pilot course and plans are underway to bring this exciting new course to various locations across Canada.

This is a blended-learning course involving self-study and completion of online exercises. Those completing the self-study component may be sponsored to attend a three-day training course. This group-based course will focus on technical and personnel issues faced by ironworker superintendents.

Supervisor Training for Shop Ironworkers

In April, IMPACT and the National Training Fund conducted a pilot course of the new Supervisor Training for Shop Ironworkers course. About half of the course participants were from various shop locals and employers from Canada. This course will be conducted in Canada sometime in the coming months.

Supervisor Training for Shop Ironworkers is a 24-hour course designed to develop skilled ironworker supervisors. During this course, the participants learn the roles and responsibilities of the supervisor. In addition, they learn how to create an effective work team, communicate effectively, apply problem-solving skills, document and maintain records, maintain labor-management relations, plan and schedule work, implement a safety program, and ensure the quality of work. They also learn how to design and implement shop training programs.

Marketing Seminar

IMPACT has developed an interactive marketing seminar designed to prepare business managers to market the ironworkers to contractors and owners effectively.

During this full-day seminar, the participants learn to identify who is responsible for marketing. They also learn how to describe the ironworker brand, identify customer needs, identify what the ironworkers stand for, address customer concerns and objections, satisfy customer needs, contact a customer to make an appointment, meet with a customer, and to close the deal.

Plans are being made to conduct several of these seminars across Canada.

We will continue to work with IMPACT to ensure that their products and services are made available to our members and contractors.
Foreman training course participants.