“I found the trades to be an interesting field because at first, I didn’t know too much about it.”

Erin Searle – Give It Your All

“I found the trades to be an interesting field because at first, I didn’t know too much about it.”

Erin Searle came to the EJTC with no previous experience in the trades. With her curious nature and willingness to give it her all, Erin demonstrated her interest in the industry and versatility throughout the years by immersing herself in different office departments as needed. “I started working the front office, accepting applications, answering the phone, the main receptionist type work. From there, I started taking over some work from our ELTT – Entry Level Trades Training program. After a few years working with the ELTT program, I took maternity leave, and when I came back, things had expanded so much! There was help needed in the apprenticeship administration department, and that’s what I’m doing now.”

“I really enjoy telling somebody that they’ve been signed off as a journeyperson. They’re done, they’re finished, they can go anywhere now.”

Erin is a hard-working woman whose passion for her role as the EJTC’s co-apprentice administrator is plain to see. Her dedication to the apprentices she works with is shown through her patience, open ears, and time spent answering questions and solving problems. Entering the trades for the first time can be confusing and a bit of a challenge. If you are an apprentice, especially just starting out, having Erin by your side is a huge win. “The trades can be very confusing to navigate through for the first time. I like to break things down and make them as straightforward as I possibly can.  I do a lot of the administrative work so that the apprentices don’t have to do or worry about it. Some people have struggled and have taken a bit longer than usual to complete their apprenticeship, and it’s quite fulfilling to see them reach that last hurdle that they couldn’t get before. It’s great to be able to congratulate them and see that they’ve made it and are doing well.”

“Some of the apprentices even send us back thank-you notes and letters, which is very nice.”

While entering a new field, career, or stage in your life, it is essential to try your best and give it your all. Erin can attest to that. With their effort and determination, Erin has witnessed the success of many apprentices over the years make their way into becoming a journeyperson. “It takes a willingness to try your best and ask for help to make it in this industry. Some people do well in school, and some do better on the job. It’s the willingness to try that makes the difference.”

“I really enjoy telling somebody that they’ve been signed off as a journeyperson. They’re done, they’re finished, they can go anywhere now.”

Erin is a hard-working woman whose passion for her role as the EJTC’s co-apprentice administrator is plain to see. Her dedication to the apprentices she works with is shown through her patience, open ears, and time spent answering questions and solving problems. Entering the trades for the first time can be confusing and a bit of a challenge. If you are an apprentice, especially just starting out, having Erin by your side is a huge win. “The trades can be very confusing to navigate through for the first time. I like to break things down and make them as straightforward as I possibly can.  I do a lot of the administrative work so that the apprentices don’t have to do or worry about it. Some people have struggled and have taken a bit longer than usual to complete their apprenticeship, and it’s quite fulfilling to see them reach that last hurdle that they couldn’t get before. It’s great to be able to congratulate them and see that they’ve made it and are doing well.”

“Some of the apprentices even send us back thank-you notes and letters, which is very nice.”

While entering a new field, career, or stage in your life, it is essential to try your best and give it your all. Erin can attest to that. With their effort and determination, Erin has witnessed the success of many apprentices over the years make their way into becoming a journeyperson. “It takes a willingness to try your best and ask for help to make it in this industry. Some people do well in school, and some do better on the job. It’s the willingness to try that makes the difference.”