About Andrea Ringrose

As the Manager, Education, Andrea thrives on bringing new and exciting educational opportunities to VRCA members and the construction industry. She keeps on top of new trends and is constantly seeking new professional development opportunities to expand and enhance the VRCA education program.
15 02, 2019

Learn about green building rating systems at new workshop

By |February 15th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Are you confused about the different green building rating systems? If so, please join us May 7 for a one-day workshop to learn more about these systems and the differences between them. From LEED to Living Buildings – An Overview of Green Building Rating Systems will walk you through a comparison of LEED, BuiltGreen, [...]

11 02, 2019

Thank you to REFBC from VRCA’s education department

By |February 11th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

We know that the construction industry is a clear contributor to our local, provincial and national economies. However, external forces such as changing societal demands and expectations (particularly around climate change), the increasingly globalized, competitive market and business environment, labour market challenges and advances in knowledge and technology are creating new pressures for construction [...]

4 02, 2019

Construction Contract Administration Course at VRCA

By |February 4th, 2019|Events|

VRCA is pleased to share course information for an event that will be hosted by Construction Specifications Canada (CSC). A five-day workshop called Construction Contract Administration will be held at VRCA’s office Feb. 11 - 15. Contract administration involves making decisions to enable completion of a project as required by its contract documents (including [...]

28 01, 2019

Update on VRCA Education Committee

By |January 28th, 2019|Education|

The VRCA Education Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers who feel passionate about advocating for careers in the construction trades. The current committee is made up of the following members: • Kristi Seddon, Ledcor (Chair) • Niko De Mare, Graham (Co-Chair) • Ronan Deane, Graham (Past Chair) • Faith Dempster, Skilled Trades Employment [...]

18 01, 2019

New LEED courses now open for registration

By |January 18th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

VRCA is excited to announce two new half-day workshops that will allow participants to gain LEED expertise and learn best practices. The first new workshop is scheduled for April 18 and is called LEED: Indoor Air Quality Management & Erosion and Sediment Control. Attendees will learn the key components for both of these topics [...]

14 01, 2019

New business management courses added to VRCA professional development offerings

By |January 14th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

Business development skills were one of the most in-demand topics identified in VRCA’s recent education needs assessment. In response to this, VRCA will be adding two new courses to its education calendar that will help you to grow or enhance your business. Responding Successfully to a Request for Proposal is a two-day workshop scheduled [...]

14 01, 2019

Evolving Education: Think outside the site

By |January 14th, 2019|Education, Evolving Education|

In an effort to enhance industry knowledge surrounding the benefits of prefabrication, VRCA is adding a new course to its education calendar called Think Outside the Site: Making Prefabrication Work for Your Project. This half-day workshop on May 9 will discuss the existing options for increasing the amount of prefabrication done on projects. Using [...]

7 01, 2019

Education needs assessment report now available to public

By |January 7th, 2019|In The News|

The education needs assessment report commissioned by VRCA is now available on our website. The report contains a summary of industry trends and high-priority training topics. Additionally, it describes the methodology of the data collection, and shares some interesting industry statistics. On top of that, potential changes and updates in training formats are discussed. [...]

17 12, 2018

Exciting updates to VRCA’s course description booklet

By |December 17th, 2018|Education|

The education needs assessment that VRCA conducted this summer not only provided us with a better look at the kinds of courses our members need to succeed in the industry, it also motivated us to update the ways in which we communicate education news to our members. For this reason, VRCA’s education department will [...]

26 11, 2018

The results are in, Part 2: A deeper dive into the education needs assessment

By |November 26th, 2018|Education|

VRCA recently announced several unmet education topics that were revealed during the industry-wide education needs assessment that ran this past summer. Some of the most in-demand education topics included: People Management; Business Management; Lean Construction; Green Building Standards; and Building Information Modelling for Project Managers. The VRCA Education Department is currently planning several new [...]

19 11, 2018

New online course: Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace

By |November 19th, 2018|Education, Gold Seal Certification|

VRCA is excited to present a new online course entitled Working in a Respectful and Inclusive Workplace. This course will explore how respectful and inclusive workplaces benefit everyone by eliminating discrimination and harassment. Tradespeople and supervisors in the construction and maintenance industry will learn how to create a culture of respect through inclusive communication, [...]

8 11, 2018

VRCA holds popular new Planning for Foremen course

By |November 8th, 2018|Education, Evolving Education|

In our recent Education Needs Assessment, members and industry professionals identified a need for courses for those in foremen/supervisor roles. VRCA hosted a new course on Oct. 25 based on this feedback, called Planning for Foremen. The course was intended to provide foremen with skills in practical task planning. Hands-on activities and practical exercises [...]

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