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Houses that shift, doors that won't close, cracks in walls, gaps in window frames, mold infestations... it's all the result of the wrong foundations being used to support structures in First Nations communities.
As a contractor, you know that healthy buildings start with stable foundations. You also know that structural foundations in Indigenous communities are failing at a shocking and alarming rate.
The First Foundations program is open to contractors from Indigenous and remote communities in Canada and is designed to:
● Teach you how to install safer, more reliable, higher-performing helical pile foundations for residential housing, community buildings, and commercial/industrial projects (using equipment you or your community likely already owns)
● Equip you with the knowledge, training, and support you need to bid on the foundation work for the multi-billion dollar companies looking to operate in your traditional territory
● Provide foundation installation services for other communities in your region
● Build a successful small business, enjoy economic independence, and provide employment for others in your community while learning a valuable high-demand construction skill
If your soil isn't appropriate for deep foundations, you don't have to rely on messy concrete or wood cribbing. VersaPost is a fully adjustable shallow foundation alternative to cribbing or blocking. Easy, fast, affordable, and versatile.
We are a Certified Aboriginal Owned-and-Operated deep foundation company that serves industrial and commercial clients. Our crews have worked in Indigenous and remote communities across Central Canada and saw first-hand the need for a better foundation solution. So, we created the First Foundations Program to train local contractors to install quality helical pile foundations in their own community - and beyond.
Why Take the First Foundations Program?
At VersaPile, we have the training and certifications that ensure our team will deliver outstanding foundation installation training services for you and your community.
The First Foundations program is tailored to your unique needs, abilities, and skill level. In order to create a training plan that works for you, we need to start by evaluating where you are now and how we can help you become a Certified Installer of high-quality helical pile foundations.
Once we've customized the training plan for you, we can get started with the exciting parts. Our system combines on-site "classroom" style teaching with hands-on training in the field. Not only will you learn the technical aspects of deep foundations, you'll get valuable experience installing real helical piles.
Once you've completed the First Foundations Program you'll be installing helical foundations in your community, on your lands, and in neighbouring communities. With your skills, you can bid on valuable foundation contracts from the billion-dollar companies looking to develop on your land.
No time to read our website? Want an offline copy of the details about our First Foundations Program? Click the button below to download a 2-page PDF brochure packed with useful information you can refer to and share
First Foundations starts with assessing what skills you already have.
We customize the training course to suit your needs and skill level, all that's required is some experience in construction or contracting.
If all you need is basic training, our trainers will focus the course on that.
If you require a little hands-on help or on-site supervision, our friendly trainers will arrange it - so you can become confident, expert foundation contractors.
Learning how to become an expert foundation installer doesn't just happen in a classroom.
With First Foundations, you'll get hands-on experience installing foundations right in your community. Not only will you be able to install foundations at a fraction of the cost, but you'll have the pride of knowing that you're deciding how things are done in your community.
During the entire process, our foundation experts will be on-hand to answer questions and guide you. At the end, you can become a reliable foundation contractor for the area.
Indigenous peoples have lived on the land for generations. That means you have the right to meaningfully participate in any development that takes place on your traditional territory.
When you become a certified First Foundations Installer, you can work with these companies as their preferred foundation contractor. Because you're a local member of the community, they'll give you preference over an outside contractor that may not even understand your region or soil conditions.
You might even find yourself providing foundation installation services to surrounding communities and customers, as the demand of helical foundations continues to grow.
The development of northern and remote areas is increasing at a rapid pace. Take advantage of this growth by becoming the "foundation expert" in your region.
Helical piles are a well-understood and widely-used foundation solution. You can find them supporting almost any structure, but here's some of the common projects our First Foundation Installers work with:
A beginner has little experience in construction and/or equipment operation. For beginners, installs are usually done by a VersaPile crew. You'll work with the install crew, and learn how a VersaPile foundation is properly installed. You get hands-on training installing reliable foundations and gain experience.
You have a fundamental understanding of construction, with basic experience operating equipment. In this stage, most often VersaPile will send a single foundation expert to your community. They will help you install a VersaPile foundation with your skills and equipment, and gain confidence in your work.
An expert is a Certified Installer, with experience installing VersaPile foundations in their community. At this level, all you'll need is occasional support over email or phone from VersaPile. As an expert, you can take your skills and offer foundation contracting to neighboring communities and businesses.
Learn more about the First Foundations Program and see how you can get started by contacting our team using the information or the form below
Ile Des Chenes, MB