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What is skilling anyway?

The terminology of reskilling and upskilling might be synonymous to each-other but they imply a completely different meaning. The exact definitions of both according to Cambridge dictionary are:

Upskilling – the process of learning new skills or of teaching workers new skills

Reskilling – the process of learning new skills so you can do a different job, or of training people to do a different job.

Side-skilling takes a different approach, and is a new term used in professional development.  It recognizes that the individual who has likely been working in the same trajectory of industry, maybe in different skilled trade roles desires to stay within the industry but take on a different role at some point into the future.  That role will allow all of the knowledge and skill associated with what has been practiced be passed down through mentoring, while enabling the individual to remain relevant, capable and able to transition into a new role, often within the same company but either in a leadership or management capacity. So while there is a component of upskilling, predominantly it is about a sideways transition within the same trajectory and building on the skills already gained.


“Leadership is not about being in charge – it is about taking care of those in your charge.   It is not about doing the work, it is about supporting the people who support the people who do the work – work that you used to do”

                                                                                                                                                                                                             -Simon Sinek


Monday Oct 11 to Thursday Dec 2, 2021 on Monday and Thursday evenings:

Week 1 – Monday, October 11 & Thursday, October 14
Module 1– 6:30 to 9:30 PM Construction 101 Chapters 1 + 2
Module 2 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Consulting Roles, Responsibilities and Contracts Chapter 1

Week 2 – Monday, October 18 & Thursday, October 21
Module 3 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Construction 101 Chapters 3 + 4 + 5
Module 4 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Contracts in Construction Chapter 1

Week 3 – Monday, October 25 & Thursday, October 28
Module 5 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Construction 101 Chapters 6 + 7
Module 6 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Contracts in Construction Chapter 2

Week 4 – Monday, November 1 & Thursday, November 4
Module 7 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Construction 101 Chapter 9
Module 8 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Part 1 Quiz and Introduction to Soft Skills – MBTI Assessment

Week 5 – Monday, November 8 & Thursday, November 11
Module 9 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Construction 201 Negotiation Strategies Styles and Theory
Module 10 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Working with and Maximizing Consultants Performance during Construction Chapter 2

Week 6 – Monday, November 15 & Thursday, November 18
Module 11 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Construction 201 Communication Strategies, Theory and Practices
Module 12 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Productivity in Construction Chapter 1 – The Construction Site as an Organization

Week 7 – Monday, November 22 & Thursday, November 25
Module 13 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Productivity and Human Demotivators in Construction Chapter 2
Module 14 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Leadership Theory Chapter 1

Week 8 – Monday, November 29 & Thursday, December 2
Module 15 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Leadership Styles and Personal Assessments Chapter 2
Module 16 – 6:30 to 9:30 PM Quiz and Final Review



Canada – Ontario Job Grant

This course is reimbursable up to 83% from the COJG, and every effort should be made to promote the rebate to the employer for sending their employees to this course.  For an employer hiring an unemployed individual, reimbursement is up to 100%.   In realty, the employer will only need to contribute $400.00 for this training. 

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Related Info

The course will be delivered on-line LIVE using ZOOM applications.  This is a purposefully small group session with a maximum of 12 attendees.  The completion of the course will be worth 8 Gold Seal points

Intended Audience

Side-skilling can prepare a trained worker for the rigor associated with managing teams, that they may not have had to manage before, manage projects, manage contracts, and lead through mentoring the next generation, all while contributing to the goal of the organization, contributing to profitability and earning an income well into retirement.


Derek A. Smith, M.A.A.T.O, Assoc. ADR Institute of Ontario

Offering clients over 25 years of construction industry experience in Canada, Derek is a trained design professional having practiced for over 20 years of his career collaborating on over $300 million in built or contemplated ICI and residential projects.  As the CEO of the London & District Construction Association (2007-2012) he acted as employer bargaining agent to General Contractors in a successful strike free round (2010).   Derek is also a recognized mediator, in construction disputes and holds membership with ADR Institute of Ontario.   His work has led to developing a firm commitment to balancing interests of project stakeholders, leading to improved on-site and organizational productivity.




Ralph Lembcke P. GSC.,

When learning to navigate the complex world of construction management, experience matters.    With over 40 years in the industry, R. Lembcke and Assoc. has facilitated quality construction management courses for post secondary students as well as industry professionals seeking continued professional development.    Ralph is a member of the Construction and Design Educators Council of Canada and has taught in the construction technology program at Fanshawe College for over 20 years