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SkillsPlus

SkillsPlus is a building maintenance skills training program currently offered to eligible maintenance employees, building managers and janitorial staff at all provincially funded, non-profit housing providers and to our aboriginal partners.

Course details

The courses give your staff the skills and confidence to handle minor repairs. This increased capacity improves service to your tenants and may ultimately lower building maintenance costs, as you will not need to rely on outside contractors as often.

The modules were originally developed in consultation with the BC Housing maintenance team, our building managers and Douglas College. Each module is two to three days long and consists of 18 to 20 training hours in our classroom. Our BC Housing trainers deliver the sessions at the HUB, BC Housing’s Downtown Eastside Learning Centre for the SkillsPlus Program.

The training is hands-on, experiential and best practices oriented. Participant guides that include health and safety components are included.

We offer five training modules:

  • Knowledge building and sharing 
  • Use of tools 
  • Carpentry terminology and glossary
  • Job safety assessment and material safety data sheets
  • Drywall repair
  • Caulking replacement
  • Nails, screws, fasteners and hinges
  • Troubleshooting doors (opening and closing)
  • Troubleshooting locks and deadbolts 

 

  • Knowledge building and sharing
  • Use of tools
  • Electrical terminology and glossary
  • Job safety assessment and material safety data sheets
  • Circuit structure and troubleshooting
  • Breaker boxes, outlets, shut-offs, grounding and switches
  • Troubleshooting stoves

 

  • Knowledge building and sharing
  • Use of tools
  • HVAC terminology and glossary 
  • Job safety assessment and material safety data sheets
  • Troubleshooting domestic hot water tanks
  • Troubleshooting thermostats and zone valves
  • Furnace sequence of operation and troubleshooting
  • Boiler room log book use and tour of working boiler room

 

  • Knowledge building and sharing
  • Correct use of janitorial equipment and products
  • Janitorial terminology and glossary
  • Job safety assessment and material safety data sheets 
  • Floor care and maintenance 
  • Glass cleaning and repair 
  • Bio-hazard and trash handling 
  • Mould and pest control 
  • Task-related time estimating 
  • Vacant unit move-in/move-out cleaning process 
  • All common area cleaning, such as restrooms, lounge areas, entrances and laundry rooms

 

  • Knowledge building and sharing
  • Use of tools 
  • Plumbing terminology and glossary
  • Job safety assessment and material safety data sheets
  • Faucet, toilet and drainage structure
  • Troubleshooting faucets, toilets and drainage
  • Removing and replacing wall-hung sinks and toilets

 

 

Eligibility

The training is open to all maintenance workers, janitors and building managers working for BC Housing, provincially funded non-profit housing providers and Aboriginal groups. Other requests will be accommodated as time and resources allow.

Training schedule

We have upcoming training for:

  • Common Building Maintenance: April 25 - 27 (waitlist only)
  • Electrical: May 1 - 3 (waitlist only)
  • Plumbing: May 29-31 (waitlist only)
  • HVAC: May 8 - 10 (waitlist only)
  • Janitorial: May 23 - 24 (waitlist only)

To register, please send an email indicating your name, the name of your non-profit employer and which module you would like to take to: skillsplus@bchousing.org.

Cost

There is no cost to attend the sessions for eligible employees of all provincially funded, non-profit housing providers. Travel costs and other related expenses are not included.

Additional information

We'll schedule one separate two-hour coaching session for each participant as an extension to the SkillsPlus Janitorial module. We hold these sessions at your individual buildings to enhance the learning covered in the training session. This gives participants the opportunity to ask questions about what they learned and review specific scenarios that relate to their own buildings.