Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Ontario Road Builders’ Association’s (ORBA) 16th annual Road Building Academy will take place Feb. 27 to Mar. 3, 2023 at the BMO Institute for Learning in Scarborough. The 2023 program will bring back popular topics including eight online courses from previous years and five new courses including:
- Building Positive Workplace Culture
- Developing the Next Generation of Forepersons
- Superintendents & Project Managers
- Ontario Traffic Manual Book 7 and Traffic Management – For Road Builders by Road Builders
- Sustainable Asphalt Pavements
- Practical Solutions in Managing Excess Soil
“Education gives everyone the opportunity to acquire expertise and competencies in order to expand their skill set and develop future opportunities,” said Bryan Hocking, CEO, ORBA. “It forms part of our personal and professional development in an effort to avoid stagnation and helps us reach our full potential. Through the Road Building Academy knowledge is now at everyone’s fingertips.”
Once again in 2023, the academy will offer a certificate in Project Management I in conjunction with the University of Waterloo ad Project Management II again this year. The curriculum is compatible with the project management industry standard set by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and courses qualify for Professional Developments Units (PDUs)/Contact Hours.
Companies considering registering for the Academy are encouraged to take advantage of the Canada-Ontario Job Grants Program, which gives direct financial support for employee training. Funding is available to small, medium and large businesses planning to deliver short-term training to employees.
All ORBA courses are eligible for funding with employers eligible for up to $10,000 in government support per person for training cost.