Dal Dhatt engages with apprentices and employer sponsors at the Surrey Apprenticeship Advisor Open House in Vancouver.

South Fraser region gains key support for trades training

The Industry Training Authority has introduced an apprenticeship advisor to act as an on-the-ground resource for apprentices and employers.

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) has introduced an apprenticeship advisor who will act as an on-the-ground resource for apprentices and employers in the South Fraser region.

More than 70 local apprentices, employers and industry representatives gathered at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel Monday to meet Dal Dhatt, ITA’s apprenticeship advisor for the South Fraser region, along with Gary Herman, ITA CEO.

As the new apprenticeship advisor for South Delta, Surrey, Langley and White Rock, Dhatt brings over eight years of experience motivating and counselling individuals towards employment. Having joined the Industry Training Authority in 2007, Dhatt previously worked as the Administrator for Youth Initiatives, responsible for overseeing the Accelerated Credit Enrolment in Industry Training (ACE IT) and Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) programs.

“ITA is necessary to ensure that our children are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow,” said Peter Fassbender, MLA for Surrey-Fleetwood and minister of education for B.C. “Dal Dhatt will be instrumental in building the knowledge base and awareness of the BC apprenticeship system and will be a key liaison to apprentices and employer sponsors.”

Amrik Virk, MLA for Surrey-Tynehead, congratulated Dhatt on his appointment.

“The advisor is an invaluable resource who will help students get a head start on trade certifications, transition smoothly from school to work, and connect with employers so they can secure apprenticeships,” Virk said.

Apprenticeship advisors serve as an extension of the ITA Customer Support team and provide regional support to apprentices and sponsors in order to create a positive impact on continuation and completion rates for apprenticeship. Key responsibilities include building knowledge of the B.C. apprenticeship system, advising apprentices and sponsors, boosting apprentice success, and supporting apprentice and sponsor connections.

The introduction of the apprenticeship advisor initiative was the result of an in-depth, provincewide consultation into apprenticeship supports that took place in 2013 and included input from multiple stakeholders. The initiative is also in direct response to the recently launched B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, and recommendations made in The McDonald Report.

To date, ITA has hosted a total of 10 apprenticeship advisor open house events across the province (Kelowna, Nanaimo, Terrace, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Kamloops, Victoria, Cranbrook, Abbotsford, and Surrey). More than 670 apprentices, employers and industry representatives have attended to meet their local apprenticeship advisor and to learn more about the support available in their community.

Over the next two months, open houses will also be taking place in Burnaby, Coquitlam, North Vancouver and Prince George. For more information visit http://www.itabc.ca/events/apprenticeship-advisor-meet-greet.


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