Just as job skills can be learned, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) believes its members can also develop union-building and leadership qualities. The UBC’s Department of Education and Training (DET) is helping members do just that: Become more aware, more involved, and more effective—on the job and within the union. In the past decade, thousands of members, staff, and officers have taken part in DET’s multi-day courses at the International Training Center in Las Vegas, which offers live-in facilities and state-of-the-art meeting space.
Journeyman Leadership Program
UBC Journeymen: Building Leadership for a Strong Future
This four-day program is geared toward journey-level craftsmen and women who are leaders on the jobsite. It provides them with the tools and inspiration needed to create a culture of productivity, professionalism, safety and profitability, while instilling can-do attitudes and emphasizing strong partnerships with our contractors. Some of the topics covered are time/resource management, teamwork, generational differences, effective communication skills, mentoring, and transformational leadership. Click here to learn more about the program.
Collaborative Leadership Training
Building Jobsite Leaders
This three-day weekend program is open to all supervisory personnel employed by our contractors regardless of union membership, both in the office and on the jobsite: foremen, general foremen, safety managers, project managers, estimators, superintendents and owners. The program is designed to give jobsite supervisors the tools necessary to improve the overall jobsite, taking it from good to great. Collaborative Leadership focuses on four key areas:
- Entrepreneurship: Demonstrating how an individual at any level can create a strong personal brand that makes them essential and offers strategies to use personal power to create collaborative relationships.
- Leadership as a response: Engages jobsite leaders to better their leadership responses through commitment and involvement.
- Culture of collaboration: Encouraging workers to engage each other, make decisions together, improve processes and product together, and to create a sense of commitment and ownership for all.
- Communication Skills for Leaders: Strengthens communications skills and creates an external awareness that turns good communicators into great ones.
PLEASE NOTE: Attendees of this program are not required to be a union member, but you must be employed by a signatory contractor. To receive the maximum benefit of this program, it is strongly encouraged that each company sends a minimum of two (2) employees to each session.
Please refer candidates for this program by filling out the program nomination form. This program accommodates 19 people per session from our area.
2017 session dates: January 27-29, April 10-12, June 12-14, July 14-16, August 7-9, September 25-27, October 23-25, November 13-15.
Foreman Training Program
We have three versions of the Foreman Training program: Interior Systems, Concrete, and Nuclear Scaffolding (special request). The program is for UBC members who have worked as a foreman a minimum of nine months, who are currently working and have contractor approval and buy-in to attend. This class would be ideal for general contractors whose foremen oversee a project or crew.
This five-day skill-building program examines the leadership role of the foreman as a planner, communicator, production manager, crew supervisor, and problem-solver. During the program, participants will look at the major responsibilities of a foreman in relation to the three phases of a job: pre-job/job start-up; peak construction; and project close-out. The training is highly interactive, with real job applications and classroom skill practice. Tips, tools and techniques are woven throughout the program.
The foremen who are selected to attend will arrive in Las Vegas mid-morning on Sunday, and return home late afternoon Friday. Flights, housing, and all meals for the participants will be paid for by the Carpenters International Training Fund. Hourly wages and benefits for that week shall be provided by each participant’s employer.
The Foreman Training Program is not an open-enrollment program. All requests for approval to attend this program must be coordinated through the District Vice-President’s Office. If you are interested in this program, please contact Samantha Steele at (651) 379-0225 or email@example.com at the Regional Council Office to ensure you are going through the proper channels.
2017 session dates: January 9-13 (Concrete), February 27-March 3 (Interior Systems), April 24-28 (Pile Driver), July 31-August 4 (Concrete), September 18-22 (Interior Systems), November 13-17 (Pile Driver).
Building Leadership for a Strong Future
The UBC’s strongest assets are its members and our signatory contractors. Our members bring a wealth of knowledge about the UBC, the industry, the contractors we are partnered with, and the unique challenges of our jobsites. By utilizing our members’ knowledge and strengthening their mentoring skills, we can help ensure a stronger future for all. This three-day program is designed to increase jobsite productivity by improving member retention through a facilitated mentoring relationship, as well as changing attitudes and enhancing craft skills.
Please refer candidates for this program to Samantha Steele at (651) 379-0225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017 session dates: April 10-12, May 22-24, August 7-9, October 16-18, December 4-6.
Third-Year Apprentice Program
This four-day program was created for apprentices in the third year of their training who are showing exceptional promise as carpenters and leaders. The goal of this program is to help them further understand their role as leaders and their ability to have a positive effect on productivity, safety and professionalism on every jobsite, as well as the UBC’s strong partnership with its contractors. Nominate an apprentice.
To learn more about the program, check out this video.
2017 session dates: June 22-25, September 14-17.