Pacific Vocational College - Burnaby
In 1981, Rob extended his career in piping trades as an instructor for the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Local 170. In 1991, Rob made the decision to open his own school, Pacific Vocational College in Burnaby. Since then PVC has become one of the top piping schools in BC and has developed their own curriculum and course materials which have been applauded in Canada and the United States. They have tailored their programs to meet the needs of virtually any person who wishes to become a trades person.
Q: How did you become involved in the trades?
A: I started Plumbing in 1971 while I was still in High School. I could see the opportunity to build a career and potential for continued growth.
Q: What benefit do apprentices offer to employers?
A: Cheap labour, energy, and hopefully enthusiasm to learn the trade. If a potential employee and employer are a good fit, the employer will invest in the person with an apprenticeship in an attempt to gain company loyalty and make the apprentice an asset to the company.
Q: Do you have any advice for someone looking to start an apprenticeship?
A: Be realistic and committed to work hard and learn. Business is competitive and you will compete for employment and advancement. There is definitely a “talent” shortage not a labour shortage.
Q: Who is your most memorable student and why?
A: We have witnessed so very many incredible people and hundreds of success stories over our 25 years with Pacific Vocational College that “most memorable student” would be an injustice to so many more.
Q: What does it take for a student to succeed in a course at PVC?
A: A commitment to excellence in trades training, An apprentice must take ownership of their successes and failures. Show up every day on time, do the work and never settle for mediocrity.
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