Entries by Lindsay Groves

Apprentice Plumber – Emily Schmit

Trade: Second-Year Apprentice Plumber Employer: Oceanview Mechanical Location: Victoria, BC Emily Schmit is – literally – rolling up her sleeves to get the job done. This job is assigned by Josh Stull, an instructor at Camosun College in the Plumbing and Pipe Trades. This job is a sink repair. The sinks are lined up in […]

Welder – Crysta Wilson

Trade: Welder Employer: SCS Steel Container Systems Inc.  Location: Nanaimo, BC It’s break time – 9:30 AM – and the crew files out of the warehouse building on the SCS Steel Container Systems Inc. property in Nanaimo, BC. Crysta Wilson flips her welding helmet up as she walks out, below the bold welding shop sign, […]

Apprentices & Cell Phones: To use or not to use?

The STEP team has something to say. Earlier last year, The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum – Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) released its report on The Impact of Digital Technologies, Automation and Technological Change: Apprentice Perspectives. Findings from the report were collected through survey results (online or in writing). Respondents came from all regions of Canada, […]

Carpenter – Jamie Dickinson

Trade: Carpenter Employer: Sawchuk Developments Location: Kelowna, BC “I’ve been in Australia and New Zealand for the last couple years. I always wanted to come to Canada, so I came.” Jamie Dickinson can make the journey to Canada sound simple, but the process, as most know, is anything but easy. Help and guidance along the […]

Apprentice Electricians – Brett Halston and Joshua Pavlakovic

Trade: Apprentice Electricians Employer: Keldon Electric Ltd. Location: Kelowna, BC At the Keldon Electric office in Kelowna, British Columbia, there are a couple things you’re guaranteed to find on any given work day. Birk Hoehn, the Human Resources Manager, will be in his office that has earned the nickname “The Bat Cave” as Keldon’s central […]

Q&A | STEP Employer Sawchuk Developments

Sawchuk Developments Co. Ltd. has been providing general contracting services throughout the Okanagan Valley and BC Interior since 1981. We stopped by one of their sites on the UBCO Kelowna campus in the Mountain Weather Office to chat with Shane Mosley, Sawchuk’s Manager of Human Resources after he hired Jamie Dickinson, a carpenter and STEP […]

Q&A | STEP Employer Keldon Electric

With offices in Kelowna and Penticton, Keldon Electric Ltd. has proudly served the Okanagan Valley and all of British Columbia for over 30 years. We stopped by the Kelowna office to ask Birk Hoehn, Keldon’s Human Resources Manager, about his experience with STEP. What does the apprenticeship mean to you as an employer? BH: “A […]