SMWTCS COVID-19 pandemic updates

Updated  January 7, 2021

The current provincial health officer’s order on all gatherings and events have been extended through to Feb. 5, 2021, at midnight. The same restriction, including on social gatherings in people’s homes and in public venues, continues to apply.

Per Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, “we need to hold the line with the public health orders for the next two incubation periods – one month – to ensure we are doing all we can to keep everyone in the province as safe as possible. These orders enable our health-care system, schools and essential workplaces to continue to stay open, which is important for all of us.”

Thank you to everyone for continuing to make choices that adhere to the public health order to keep us all safe.


Updated December 7th, 2020

The Public Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry has extended the existing public health order until January 8, 2021. The Training Centre continues to be diligent with our daily health monitoring of staff, students and visitors. Our health and safety committee is meeting regularly to ensure we adhere to our COVID-19 Safety Plan protocols.

We encourage everyone to do their part: wear a mask in public indoor settings, maintain physical distancing and limit travel outside your community.

The order mandates that we do not hold any “social gatherings of any size at your residence with anyone other than your household or core bubble”. We recognize this will be challenging over the holiday season, however our collaborative efforts will help keep everyone safe. Our short-term efforts will guide us safely into 2021.


 

Update on new COVID-19 Provincial Orders announced Nov 19th

The BC Provincial Health Officer announced expanded and updated response Orders to aid in controlling the spread of COVID-19. Effective November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight, the following new Orders will be in place for everyone across British Columbia:

Masks are now required for everyone in all public indoor settings and all retail stores. Masks are required in all workplaces for shared work areas and areas where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
• No social gatherings of any size with anyone other than your household or core bubble. This includes all social events and social community-based gatherings as defined in the PHO order – Gathering and Events.
• Suspend all high-risk indoor group fitness activities.
• Games, competitions, and practices can continue with no spectators and no travel.
• Businesses are to suspend any returns to the office for employees who have been working remotely.
• All non-essential travel should be avoided. This includes travel into and out of BC and between regions of the province. People travelling to BC from another province or territory within Canada should only come for essential reasons.

SMITB diligently reviews new Orders as they relate to the Training Centre and will update our Safety Plan as needed. We will share updates with staff, students and other stakeholders as new information becomes available as it is important that we all do our part to keep each other and our community safe.

The Provincial Health Officer’s announcement and the full Orders are available here.


 

November 9th, 2020

In response to increasing COVID-19 cases and the recent Provincial Health Officer (PHO) order, the Sheet Metal Industry Training Board are reminding all students, staff and visitors of our COVID-19 safety protocols and to remain vigilant and maintain a safe environment at the Training Centre.

The order states:

By order of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all individuals, places of work and businesses in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley must significantly reduce their level of social interactions.
The order is in effect from November 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm to November 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

As the Training Centre falls within the Fraser Valley region, we must adhere to this order and ensure we are doing our part at school and at home to ensure everyone’s safety as we interact at the Training Centre.

The SMWTC Health and Safety Committee met in advance of the most recent PHO announcements and have confirmed our safety protocols continue to be in accordance with provincial guidelines. We identified some opportunities for improvement to ensure we are diligent in keeping a safe environment for staff, students and visitors to our facility. Highlights of our safety protocols include:

 

• ongoing daily health symptom checks
• mandatory orientation and COVID-19 safety training
• blended learning model (remote theoretical and onsite practical)
• students issued IT equipment for use while in technical training
• 3-layer masks issued to staff and students as of Monday, November 16th, 2020
• mask wearing while on the premises including the parking lots and walkways
• staff and students are encouraged to avoid car-pooling unless a mask is worn at all times
• enhanced cleaning and sanitization of all equipment
• ongoing monitoring of public health orders and industry guidelines

 

See our most recent WorkSafeBC COVID-19 Safety Plan dated November 13, 2020.

Our goal is to get everyone through technical training safely, working together with clarity, calmness and compassion. We encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy.


October 2020

The Sheet Metal Industry Training Board continues to operate the Training Centre with occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, and enhanced cleaning protocols adhering to WorkSafeBC COVID-19 safety protocols and public health orders. Student and staff health is monitored regularly to ensure everyone’s safety.

Current students are completing apprenticeship training using our new blended learning model with theoretical training online and practical learning onsite. Students are issued iPads and laptops to support their learning online facilitated by dedicated instructors. 

We are working diligently to finalize our revised class schedule for 2021/2022 and reassign students to upcoming classes in a sequential manner. Watch for emails from the Registrar with further information about your rescheduled start/end dates for apprenticeship and specialty training. Please note that Specialty Training courses have been suspended until spring 2021.


March 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sheet Metal Industry Training Board has suspended all apprenticeship and specialty training classes scheduled for 2020/2021. We will be implementing a revised class schedule with a reduced number of classes, complying with WorkSafeBC COVID-19 safety guidelines and public health orders to ensure a safe work environment for all our staff and students. This includes occupancy limits, physical distancing requirements, enhanced cleaning protocols, etc.

Students scheduled for classes in 2020 will be contacted in a sequential manner over the following months as the class schedule for 2020, 2021 and 2022 is finalized.  Watch for emails from the Registrar with further information about your rescheduled start/end dates for apprenticeship and specialty training. 


Resources and benefits to help individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19:

The summary of programs & benefits offered by the Government of Canada.

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan


If you have stopped working because of COVID-19, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) may provide you with temporary income support. The CERB provides $500 a week for up to 16 weeks.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit


WorkSafeBC Resources on staying safe at work, accessing WorkSafeBC services, and more.

WorkSafeBC information and services by topic


If you’re a residential customer and you or your spouse/partner have lost employment or have become unable to work due to COVID-19, you may be eligible for free credit on your BC Hydro bill.

COVID-19 Relief Fund for residential customers


Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan offers a wide array of services to meet the mental health and addiction care needs of all BC and YT construction industry workers and their families.

Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan (CIRP)


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