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For Immediate Release
January 30, 2015
The Industry Training Authority introduces a local Apprenticeship Advisor to act as an on-theground resource for apprentices and employers
Abbotsford, BC – The Industry Training Authority (ITA) has introduced the Apprenticeship Advisor who will
act as an on-the-ground resource for apprentices and employers in the Fraser Valley, from Abbotsford to
Hope. Over 65 local apprentices, employers and industry representatives gathered at the Ramada Plaza
Abbotsford Hotel and Conference Centre yesterday to meet Andrew George, ITA’s Apprenticeship
Advisor for the Fraser Valley, along with Gary Herman, ITA CEO.
As the Fraser Valley’s new Apprenticeship Advisor, Andrew George has over 20 years of experience working
and teaching as a Red Seal Certified Chef. Previously, Andrew worked with the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation,
the Kla-how-eya Aboriginal Centre and Vancouver Community College, advising, instructing, and developing
courses for his trade.
“Just about everyone can recall having a mentor of some kind early in their career,” said Abbotsford South
MLA Darryl Plecas. “Having access to a professional local person will be an invaluable resource to both
apprentices and employers alike.”
“Success in today’s job market depends on having the right skill sets,” said Abbotsford-Mission MLA
Simon Gibson. “We want to see people succeed and Mr. George offers a wealth of information and
Apprenticeship Advisors serve as an extension of the ITA Customer Support team, with the primary focus of
providing regional support to apprentices and sponsors, creating a positive impact on continuation and
completion rates for apprenticeship. Key responsibilities include building knowledge of the BC 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, province-wide
consultation into apprenticeship supports in 2013 that included input from multiple stakeholders. It is also in
direct response to the recently launched B.C.'s Skills for Jobs Blueprint as well as recommendations made in
The McDonald Report.
ITA has 15 Apprenticeship Advisors located in the following regions:
Lower Mainland, Coast & Mountains
 Vancouver and Richmond
 North Shore, Whistler and Sunshine Coast*
 Burnaby, Annacis Island, and North Delta
 Fraser Valley*
South Fraser
North Fraser
Thompson Okanagan and Kootenay Rockies
 Interior, Kamloops*
 Interior, Kelowna
 South East*
Northern BC
 North West*
 North East
 Central North, Prince George South*
 Central North, Prince George North
Vancouver Island
 North Island
 South Island
*In addition to supporting apprentices and sponsors, these six Advisors will also focus on supporting
apprentices within local Aboriginal communities.
- 30 For interviews, additional event photos or more information, please contact:
Susan Kirk
Director of Communications, ITA
Cell: 604-307-2122
Email: [email protected]
Twitter hashtags: #Skills4BC #findyourfit
Kyla Way
Edelman Vancouver
Cell: 604-613-6413
Email: [email protected]