Survival of the Fittest/Standards of Excellence
Survival of the Fittest/Standards of Excellence course requires 8 classroom hours and provides apprentices and journeymen with useful information about the challenges facing our union and provides thought provoking questions and suggestions for how to navigate the world of construction in the 21st century. Using these materials, participants will be encouraged to think about important issues facing them and their peers and to brainstorm and role play short-term and long-term solutions.
As Mark Breslin notes in his introduction, Survival of the Fittest intends to help construction workers be successful at their jobs and in their lives, as well as helping union construction to take back the marketplace.
Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
- Identify the challenges facing the union construction industry and its workers in the 21st century.
- Explain how a stronger union construction industry can benefit its individual workers.
- List issues that impact individual productivity and discuss how these impact the contractors and the industry as a whole.
- Provide examples of products for which people have shown they will pay more for quality products and explain how this could be translated to a discussion of Union craftsmanship.
- Identify at least three (3) ways in which Ironworkers can represent unions in a positive light, as a matter of personal responsibility.
- Identify at least three (3) ways in which some individuals might represent unions in a negative light and list suggested ways that others can help deal with them.
- List at least three (3) ways in which harassment on the job should be dealt with by the person being harassed.
- List at least five (5) of the ten (10) skills identified in the book as key to moving into a leadership role.
The Survival of the Fittest/Standards of Excellence materials can be used by construction workers of all levels of experience. However, the syllabus is geared toward apprentice participants. The participant should have basic reading and writing skills.
Course Materials for Participants:
- Survival of the Fittest book by Mark Breslin
- Survival of the Fittest Workbook & Discussion Guide
- Course syllabus and schedule
Ironworkers Local 720 Training and Test Centre
10512-122 street Edmonton
Dates and Times:
Dates to be announced - Check the Training centre calendar for current dates and times
Meals will be supplied for each day. Please note that attendance of full course is necessary for Completion Certification.
Contact the Ironworkers Training Centre at (780) 482-0908
Important Course Information
- A $150 Fee will be charged to NO SHOWS or those who fail to attend the entire course.
- 1st year apprentices who are required to attend will forfeit their Bursary payment for completing school if they fail to attend the class.
- Participants are asked to arrive 10 min before the start of class.
- Late arrivals will not be permitted.