Apprenticeship advisor available

Advisor provides resource for apprentices and employers

The Industry Training Authority (ITA) has introduced the Apprenticeship Advisor who will act as the on-the-ground resource for apprentices and employers in the Victoria area. Kyle Preston was introduced on October 21 to apprentices, employers and industry representatives.

ITA works with employers, employees, industry, labour, training providers and government to issue credentials, manage apprenticeships, set program standards, and increase opportunities in the trades in B.C.

Preston is a certified Red Seal journeyman and an experienced advisor and former apprenticeship instructor with the Greater Victoria School District. he brings over 20 years of leadership experience having worked with multi-stakeholder environments such as education, healthcare, municipal services and private enterprise industries.

He will serve as an extension of the ITA Customer Support team, with the primary focus of providing regional support to apprentices and sponsors, crating a positive impact on continuation and completion rates for apprenticeship.

“The new advisor is available to support local apprentices and employers. Part of his role is to work with industry and other stakeholders to address the looming shortage of skilled labour. Within the next 10 years there will be approximately 680,000 people leaving the workforce due to retirements. Trades are a great career for young people and the ITA has been working to convince students and parents to consider trades training among post-secondary options and career opportunities. Kyle is based at the Work B.C. offices on Borden Street,” said ITABC Board Director Rick Kasper.

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