COVID 19 Modification to Training Location, Bricklaying Apprenticeship

March 17 2020 Brick Training Update…The Level 2 Bricklayer Class is continuing with a modified delivery of training. Until further notice all sessions will be held online via email, facebook, messenger or Skype. We will also be conducting class via telephone conference call. You will be notified as soon as possible the numbers and login codes that will be used. In the meantime check with the blog at http://blog.ttta.ca and ask to join the Facebook page entitled TTTA Bricklayer Level 2 Training Group. Practical sessions will be scheduled with your consultation and when pandemic concerns have subsided. Your course is not cancelled. Tim will be putting together classroom assignments and quizzes tomorrow and they will be sent to you via email or mail. Thanks for helping us adapt to the unforeseen events. Geoff Higginson

March 17 2020…Trainees. We will be making a decision today about suspending the shop classes for a period of time until the pandemic subsides. In the event practical sessions and on site classroom sessions are suspended, class room sessions will continue via online communication and broadcasts to cover as much content as possible from a distance. We will consult with you as to when and how to complete the practical portion of the training. Part of our actions today are working with government to ensure EI claims will be continued during this time. This will not cost you more money if we suspend on site training. Check back here for continual updates or go to the FACEBOOK Group TTTA Bricklayer Level 2 Training Group.

March 14 2020…The TTTA has been informed that the trainee who was being tested for covid 19 as a precaution has tested negative. The Training Center will be open Monday as usual for training. Please follow the precautions in the COVID 19 Poster shown below. Keep your distance. Stay home if you feel sick. Any questions call Geoff or Roy. See the TTTA Statement of Precautionary Closure below.

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The TTTA is closing its doors to the public until further notice. We are exercising an abundance of caution to ensure trainees, staff, Union Members and members of the public are not at risk of coincidental exposure to the COVID 19 Virus. There have not been any confirmed exposures or positive tests of this virus among trainees or staff. However, given the potential risk to our clients and staffs extended families and daily contacts we have taken these steps to err on the side of caution. Please see the statements and links below for more information.

TTTA Statement of Precautionary Closure of Office.

COVID 19 Precautions Poster.

Joint Statement of BC Building Trades and Construction Labour Relations Association-Re:Covid 19…

When Will We Be Re-Opening?

The office will consider all factors over this weekend and through the day on Monday as to when we will be able to re-open. If the office is able to reopen next week the instructional programs will add hours to the daily classes to ensure all trainees are able to complete their program. In the event it is not possible to reopen the facility next week, training will be rescheduled to a time that will work for all trainees. For any other questions please contact the office at 604-580-2463 or contact Geoff (Brick and Tile) at 778-847-2472 or Roy (Cement Masons) at 604-999-2143.

Thursday Classes. SNOW?

We will be there today. Some areas received more snow overnight. If your drive is treacherous stay home. We will post reading assignments here later this morning.

We are here and we are training today. Industrial Rd has a bunch of packed snow on it but is relatively passable.

Reading assignment for apprentices at home… chapters three and seven in the “Textbook of Canadian Masonry”.

Snow Day

Dont even try. Unless you are close to the school just wait until roads are cleared. Archie will be there if you are already on the way. Otherwise hole up till it clears.

Snow Days. Check Back on this Blog before you head to class.

The TTTA will generally always have someone here during normal business hours. For exceptionally bad snow days or during potentially dangerous conditions we may decide to close the facility and will post that information here or call all training participants. If you cannot make it to class due to road conditions in your area notify your instructor via text message or a phone call. Be aware that Industrial Road does not always receive the best treatment from plows and salt trucks and the road may be very slick.

Trowel Trades Training Association

Launching our new blog and information page, stored on secure media in British Columbia, and dedicated to promoting, improving and supporting the training and employment of BC workers in the Trowel trade Crafts of Bricklaying, Concrete Finishing and Tilesetting.