The importance of strong leadership and sharp management skills on the jobsite is invaluable.
THE UNITED BROTHERHOOD OF CARPENTERS (UBC) places a top priority on developing the total professional: Carpenters and Millwrights who are not only technical experts in their craft, but who also demonstrate effective communication and leadership qualities. The UBC takes a proactive approach to preparing these types of professionals through its Foreman Training program, where our members learn to be successful professionals on and off the job site.
Participants learn the importance of productivity and develop plans to improve performance on the job following their training. As a result, these formally-trained Foremen have a greater understanding of their role and what it takes to be successful in that position.
This program looks at the leadership role of the foreman as a planner, communicator, production manager, crew supervisor, and problem solver. Participants learn the importance of productivity and develop plans to improve performance on the job following their training.
We train our best candidates to be leaders who motivate workers, communicate effectively, and solve problems. They are specifically trained to:
The Foreman Training Program: Building a Solid Foundation is for UBC members who have worked as a foreman a minimum of nine months. Participation must be sponsored by supporting contractors. All requests for participation are coordinated through that member’s District Vice-President’s office.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
The Foreman Training program is a five-day, highly interactive and activity-based program. An actual project is used from start to finish to allow participants the opportunity to practice applying the skills being learned. The Foreman Training program includes:
Each of these responsibilities is examined in relation to the process of running the three main phases of a project: pre-job/job start-up, peak construction, and project close-out. Numerous tools, tips and techniques are provided for use as reference back on the jobsite.
Training takes place at the UBC’s International Training Center in Las Vegas. Participants arrive mid-morning on Sunday, and return home late afternoon Friday. The Carpenters International Training Fund pays for flights, housing, and all meals for the participants. Hourly wages and benefits for that week shall be provided by each participant’s employer.
Job Specific Knowledge and Skills
Select Foremen receive videos from construction industry productivity expert Mark Breslin’s Professional Construction Leader (PCL) Video Series. PCL is an on-demand video library providing leadership strategy, practical advice and inspiring messaging to transform field leaders. Great content is combined with cutting-edge micro-learning lessons and delivered with the flexibility of mobile technology. This coaching content meets the needs of field leaders by reaching them when and where it fits them best. And it is in their language by someone who stood in their shoes.
The Foreman Training Program is not an open-enrollment program. All requests for approval to attend this program must be coordinated through one of the Southern District Regional Councils.