George, Pipefitter, Quesnel
QUESNEL – George Dougherty Jr., a fourth-year plumbing-gasfitter apprentice, is still so thrilled with his experience at his local WorkBC Employment Services Centre that he stays in touch with his case manager, more than two years after he launched his career. He gives her regular updates on his progress and profession, which started when he walked into a WorkBC office and asked if he could get funding to work in the trades. Before seeking out the WorkBC Centre, he had endured several rounds of layoffs as a salesman with various companies. Now he has a career, a good wage and a solid future. Seeking help from WorkBC and asking for funding was “the greatest thing I have ever done in my life. I don’t regret it a bit. Every year of schooling I do is like another year of comfort,” George says. He’s employed full-time and waiting for the right opportunity to finish off his fourth-year of apprenticeship training before he writes his Red Seal interprovincial exam. “I have the world to thank for them,” he said of the help he got at his WorkBC employment centre.
Today, George’s future is bright – he’s excited about the skills training opportunity in B.C. and is looking forward to any challenges that come his way.