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By attending workshops and seminars delivered by Wood First-funded programs, SMEs can build improved manufacturing capabilities, take advantage of construction trends and increase their competitive position in the marketplace.
By attending workshops and seminars delivered by Wood First-funded programs, SMEs can build improved manufacturing capabilities, take advantage of construction trends and increase their competitive position in the marketplace.
April 2016
Canada
Supporting value-added SMEs through education and skills development

FII investments directed toward education and skills development provide assistance to value-added manufacturers by helping them improve their business and manufacturing processes, reduce costs and increase productivity. In 2015/16, over 5,500 people participated in workshops, webinars and training sessions designed to build skills in the areas of business, marketing, design and new technology developments.

Extensive industry research and consultation took place to ensure the needs of industry, specifically SMEs, were being met. As a result of this type of research, workshops, seminars, courses and webinars were delivered by FPInnovations, UBC’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP), BC Wood and WoodWORKS! BC.

FPInnovations conducted company-specific projects, including but not limited to, testing composite products for formaldehyde emissions, heat treatment of wood fibres, annual kiln re-certification and temperature probe verification, value stream mapping of new machine centre, moulder training, layout/equipment justification, and job relations training. FPInnovations also offered webinars – an alternative to traditional training that SMEs do not often have the resources to attend. Webinar topics included tall buildings, seismic performance of wood buildings, prefabricated and modular building housing trends, and environmental product declarations, among others.

UBC’s Centre of Advanced Wood Processing CAWP also delivered workshops and seminars to help businesses improve their operations or to take advantage of emerging product opportunities. Workshops and seminar topics included designing and fabricating contemporary timber structures; incorporating traditional Japanese wood building concepts into innovative, modern timber structures; renovating with prefabricated timber elements; integrated design building; and timber-concrete composite solutions.

BC Wood delivered several workshops focused in a number of topic areas. Marketing and business development workshops were delivered to help SMEs understand the Canadian brand, how to identify target audiences, how to conduct SWOT (strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, how to market using digital media, and how to develop promotional strategies.