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Meet Your Advisor: Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson says the trades are as diverse as the people who work within them – there’s something for everyone.

Apprenticeship Advisors provide regional support to apprentices and employer sponsors. They help build knowledge and awareness of the B.C. apprenticeship system and provide guidance to apprentices and sponsors on processes and policies related to the apprenticeship journey and challenger pathway.

Here's a Q&A with Donna Anderson, Apprenticeship Advisor for North Surrey and Delta.

What is your trades background/experience? 

I don’t have a certification within a trade, but I’ve worked in a supporting role for over 15 years to assist people in pursuing their career goals and have extensive knowledge of the process and requirements in obtaining credentials in the trades. 

Both my children are in trades. My son is a boilermaker, my daughter is a machinist, and their father is a floorlayer with his own business that was passed down to him from his father. My father was a pipefitter who worked with the Richmond School District on their boiler/heating systems. Basically, trades are in my family.

How long have you been with ITA? 

Five years.

What do you enjoy most about working at ITA? 

I enjoy the people and being a part of this wonderful and passionate team and knowing I’m contributing in my own way to the future of our communities. I see the struggles first hand and am always amazed at what people do to persevere and keep working toward their goals. Seeing the big smiles of accomplishment when a person receives word of their achieved certification is so rewarding!

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?  

I’ve just purchased a vacation home with my family in the Chilcotin, where my mother was from. It’s my favorite place on earth, and I look forward to my down time there: on the kayaks, fishing, reading swimming, exploring, and spending time with my family (which also includes our two furry family members, our dogs Roxy and Lil Bear). I also play guitar and sing and am thinking of getting a karaoke machine just for the fun of it.

What would you like people to know about the trades?  

I would like them to know that the trades are as diverse as the people who work within them. There is something for everyone. Not all trades require heavy lifting and/or working within construction, although many are involved in those trades for sure. Most people do not know there are about 100 recognized trades in B.C.! 

I would also like people to know there are many pathways/careers people can take with a trade, before, during, and after certification. The options are endless, and opportunities abound. You have the respect of so many upon certification as they know what it took to get that piece of paper!! These people are professionals within their chosen field/career.

What advice would you give to people interested in becoming an apprentice? 

I would recommend that people be aware of the information/supports and resources available and to reach out to an Apprenticeship Advisor for the details associated with apprenticeships/trades. We are here to help. 

With any challenge comes a great sense of accomplishment, which is exactly what a tradesperson feels along his/her journey as their knowledge and expertise continuously develops through hard work and dedication. Persistence will pay off in unimaginable ways, and doors will open that you never thought were possible. 

Where you end up is entirely up to you. If you’re interested in an apprenticeship, ITA has some great information/assistance to offer to you.

If you have questions about apprenticeship in North Surrey or Delta, email Donna Anderson.

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