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Develop your Learn to Learn skills in oral communication, working with others, continuous learning, and thinking skills to achieve greater success in the piping trade. These learning skills will help build a stronger foundation for your career growth.

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Integrating the Essential Skills into your curriculum will enhance a student’s ability to succeed beyond the classroom and reflects on your skill as an effective teacher.

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Investing in Essential Skills will provide you with a more skilled and effective workforce, which is critical to your company’s success. Employees with confidence can also create a safer workplace and increase productivity.

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Welcome to the UA PIC BC Essential Skills website.

Whether your goal is to be a world-class athlete or a master tradesperson in the piping industry, you need certain basic skills that build a strong foundation to help you achieve your goals.

The purpose of this site is to promote essential skills within the piping industry, to improve success rates in Apprenticeship training, and to enhance productivity and safety in the workplace. In particular, the UA PIC BC is placing a strong emphasis on the four “Learn to Learn” skills that are the building blocks for success: Oral Communication, Working with Others, Continuous Learning and Thinking Skills.

This website will provide you with the tools to be your best.

What skills do you think are most lacking in today’s workforce?

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Employers who hire apprentices experience an average revenue-cost benefit of $1.47 for every dollar invested in apprenticeship training (Insights from Canada’s Apprenticeship Community: Impacts and Next Steps, 2011, p. 16) Read more…

It has been shown over the last 10 years, 75% percent of students that did not complete apprenticeship in the piping industry were without any certification and were more likely to be unemployed, out of the labour force, and/or less likely to have permanent jobs. Read more…