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Meet Your Advisor: Shannon Hanson

Shannon Hanson enjoys working directly with apprentices and helping them with challenging situations.

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 Shannon Hanson, Apprenticeship Advisor for North Vancouver Island.

What is your trades background/experience?

My background includes working with both provincial and federal government, Indigenous communities, and non-profit, including volunteer work on many steering committees, coalitions, and boards of directors.

How long have you been with ITA? 

Five years.

What do you enjoy most about working at ITA? 

I enjoy working directly with the apprentices, assisting them with challenging situations that may come up. It’s a great learning moment for me and sometimes for the organization. Being part of a dynamic team has given me the tools to deal with almost every type of situation you can think of. I can anticipate more learning now that I’m in new region. I’m challenging myself by getting out of my comfort zone and working in a region that has so many training providers that offer more level training. I presented to a few classes in Port Alberni, and the students had so many questions, which was exciting for me. I get to learn more and more each day about the apprentices and the challenges they face on their apprenticeship pathway.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?  

I love fishing and being with my family. I like to help the family where needed with activities, such as cutting, gathering wood, jarring fish, making jam, and smoking chum. I’m an Indigenous woman trying to persuade and influence many, which has proven to be challenging at times due to my gender and race. I embrace my culture and learn so much from my elders on a daily basis. I often think of when I’m out on a canoe paddling with others about our ITA team and how we paddle together as group. 

What would you like people to know about the trades? 

Trades is an exciting opportunity where you can learn something new each day and see a product at the end of a day. You must be able to work with all types of personalities and teachers who guide you day-to-day. Stay on top of your apprenticeship and set a good example for your peers and family.

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

Being an apprentice is an exciting opportunity if you love being outdoors or get bored sitting at a desk all day. Each day is different and you can challenge yourself both mentally and physically. Being an apprentice can lead to being a manager, superintendent, or leader within your community. Get out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons by giving it a shot. If you don’t like it, at least you say to the younger generations that you gave it a try.

If you have questions about apprenticeship on North Vancouver Island, email Shannon Hanson.

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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!