Tamara, Carpentry Apprentice, Fort Nelson
When Tamara first contacted her local WorkBC Employment Services Centre, she was receiving federal employment insurance and was looking to update her skills. She is a single parent and was interested in working in construction, but she didn’t have the kind of work experience that employers were looking for. That is, until her local WorkBC centre provided her with a wage subsidy, and an impressed employer hired her as a carpentry apprentice. She is now a registered apprentice and gaining valuable work experience as a full-time employee, having finished her second year of schooling.
“It’s life-changing,” Tamara says. Working as a carpentry apprentice “means security, a steady paycheque, stability and being able to provide a better life for my son.” Because she’s earning good money, she’s even bought herself an acreage with a house on it. “I wouldn’t have been able to do that if I wasn’t doing what I’m doing. It’s been really good for my self-esteem.”