Meet Your Advisor: Kristin Emel
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 Kristin Emel, Apprenticeship Advisor for Prince George and the Central Interior.
What is your trades background/experience?
Trades have been a part of my life since I can remember. Although I don’t personally hold a ticket, my entire family holds a wide range of certifications and has lived and breathed trades for decades. They are passionate advocates for the trades and instilled those values in me at a young age. I had the opportunity to work surrounded by a variety of trades during my time in the forest industry and always admired the talent that was required to get those jobs done. My husband is a millwright, and the community that I live in is dependent on the trades to thrive and prosper—I understand wholeheartedly the value that careers in trades brings to communities and families alike.
How long have you been with ITA?
I’m new to ITA! I’ve had the pleasure of coming onto this team in September and could not be more thrilled to work with communities, apprentices, and sponsors across the province.
What do you enjoy most about working at ITA?
Being a rural gal, I’m really looking forward to making a positive impact in our isolated communities across the Central Interior. I want to ensure that everyone working and living in these communities can access the resources that they need to be successful. I’m a passionate advocate of trades training and am thrilled to be a part of a team focused on removing barriers and encouraging more people to get involved.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Outside of work, I love to travel and eat as much as possible. I believe that we live in the best country and province on the planet—I will move mountains to be able to feast on as many sights and treats that B.C. has to offer.
What would you like people to know about the trades?
I would love people to know that there are many unique and fantastic career opportunities available in the trades sector. Careers in trades are vital to moving our country forward—the people who participate in these careers are incredibly skilled, talented, successful, and completely central to sustaining the vibrant and prosperous communities that we live in. I would encourage everyone to become advocates for trades training and participation regardless of where you live.
What advice would you give to people interested in becoming an apprentice?
Do it! Do not doubt yourself, your skills, or the resources available. The future of trades in B.C. is incredible, and we need your talent. If you have questions, call me!
If you have questions about apprenticeship in Prince George or the Central Interior, email Kristin Emel or call her at 250-561-3490.
Do you know an apprentice or employer champion?
The Champions of Apprenticeship are recognized for their outstanding achievements in BC apprenticeship system. These Champions are celebrated for their hard work in creating certified tradesworkers, supporting their industry and promoting apprenticeship. Do you know an outstanding employer sponsor or apprentice? Send us an email and nominate them to become a Champion of Apprenticeship!