Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association and Saskatchewan Polytechnic partnership focuses on construction safety
MOU sets framework for a new partnership between the two institutions focused on construction safety
January 30, 2020 – The Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA) and Saskatchewan Polytechnic signed a memorandum of understanding that will result in a strong foundation for a safe and healthy construction industry. This partnership will build upon the great work accomplished by the SCSA and Sask Polytech in the past and will explore opportunities to collaboratively engage more Saskatchewan learners in construction safety.
This five-year agreement will strengthen the SCSA and Sask Polytech partnership and explore the creation of systems to better support a safe, skilled, inclusive and productive trades workforce. Both organizations have a goal of increasing construction safety participation from youth, as well as underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous learners and learners in remote communities.
“Our working relationship with Sask Polytech’s Joseph A. Remai School of Construction is one that brings increasing value to the construction industry and to learners entering the industry,” says Collin Pullar, president SCSA. “We are particularly happy about the recent expansion of this partnership and its implications for helping us achieve our goal of becoming the safest construction environment in Canada. This agreement ensures that a broader range of workers and future construction leaders have the skills to be successful and safe.”
“Sask Polytech takes our commitment to safety seriously,” says Paul Carter, dean of Sask Polytech’s Joseph A. Remai School of Construction. “We are pleased to formalize our long-standing relationship with the SCSA. This five-year agreement will strengthen our great working relationship and create new and exciting construction safety training opportunities for learners in Saskatchewan.”
The SCSA and the Sask Polytech are construction safety training partners. In 2018 the SCSA provided Joseph A. Remai School of Construction students with Safety Construction Orientation Training (SCOT®) at no cost. SCOT is recognized throughout the Saskatchewan construction industry as a base safety orientation in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. In 2019 the SCSA and Sask Polytech started to offer reciprocal course credit recognition of prior learning between the SCSA’s National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO®) courses and Sask Polytech’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) certificate.
About the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association (SCSA): the SCSA is an industry-funded, membership-based, non-profit organization that provides cost-effective, accessible safety training and advice to employers and employees in the construction industry throughout the province to reduce the human and financial losses associated with injuries. Registered March 22, 1995 the SCSA is, and has been since inception, committed to injury prevention. Serving almost 10,000 member companies, the vision of the SCSA is to create the Safest Construction Environment in Canada through its mission of Constructing Safety Leadership.
About Saskatchewan Polytechnic: Sask Polytech serves students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student need, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.
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