Cranbrook has a new Apprentice Advisor to provide on-the-ground support and guidance for local apprentices and employers.
Marlin Ratch will begin his role as Apprenticeship Advisor at the end of September 2014. His role will also focus on recruiting and supporting Aboriginal apprentices within local communities.
The Apprenticeship Advisors serve as an extension of the Industry Training Authority Customer Support team. They have the primary responsibility of providing regional support to apprentices and sponsors, and according to the authority, create a positive impact on continuation and completion rates for apprenticeship.
Ratch has a background in Red Seal Chef training. He has sat on several labour market boards.
Marlin is one of the six new Apprenticeship Advisors adding to the existing four Advisors already in place in the province.
By the end of September, the authority will have 10 Apprenticeship Advisors. They are located in Cranbrook, Dawson Creek, Kamloops, Kelowna, Nanaimo, Prince George, Terrace, the Lower Mainland and Victoria.
The advisor initiative came as a result of a province-wide consultation into apprenticeship supports in 2013, and included input from multiple stakeholders.