Meet Your Advisor: Marlin Ratch

Marlin Ratch suggests potential apprentices talk to the tradespeople they want to be. The first step in any journey is to figure out where you might like to end up.

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 Marlin Ratch, Apprenticeship Advisor for South East B.C. 


What is your trades background/experience?

Red Seal chef, manager of the Métis Nation’s carpentry school, and director of the Métis Nation British Columbia Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training Strategy, where I oversaw the program province-wide, supporting skills and employment education for Métis people.

How long have you been with ITA?

Five years.

What do you enjoy most about working at ITA?

The diversity of the job, the trust and freedom to do it, and the people I get to meet and help every day. I’m also very proud of the work we are doing as an organization supporting the diversification of the trades by putting special emphasis on inclusion of women, Indigenous, and other groups not well represented currently. Just look at our diversity in the Advisors and the staff of ITA in general as a lesson for success.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Reading is my favorite hobby. I’m a Métis and part of the Métis Nation on the executive of my local Métis community government.

What would you like people to know about the trades?

Proficiency is essential to success. That is the prime source of excising one’s imagination. There should be no distinction that raises a block of conceit between a tradesperson and an artist.

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

Talk to the people you want to be first. The first step in any journey should try to figure out where you might like to end up.


If you have questions about apprenticeship in South East B.C., email Marlin Ratch.

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