Meet Your Advisor: Doug Podetz
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 Doug Podetz, Apprenticeship Advisor for Central Vancouver Island.
What is your trades background/experience?
My trade background relates to the industrial mechanics (millwright) profession. I started my educational training in the mechanical engineering field. After receiving my engineering diploma, I pursued the practical aspect of the mechanical field by engaging in an industrial mechanical apprenticeship. I worked in the forestry and mining sectors to acquire my industrial mechanic (millwright) Red Seal.
How long have you been with ITA?
10 plus years.
What do you enjoy most about working at ITA?
The greatest enjoyment comes from working with a diverse group of people. I have the joy of engaging daily/weekly in supporting employers, apprentices, individuals thinking of pursuing a career in the trades, youth, school districts, Indigenous communities, and post-secondary staff.
The idea of getting up in the morning and working on a new training project or solving an issue which an apprentice has encountered makes the ITA advisory role very satisfying. I’m a counsellor who loves to engage with individuals.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I have a lot of hobbies, but my passion is wood or stone carving.
What would you like people to know about the trades?
It is a very rewarding profession.
What advice would you give to people interested in becoming an apprentice?
Take advantage of the learning opportunities. The aspect of having a career in which you can build, repair, design, and invent is extremely rewarding. Apprenticeship is all about earning a wage while you learn, such an inspiration.
If you have questions about apprenticeship on Central Vancouver Island, email Doug Podetz.
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!