With a life-long love of the ocean and wildlife as well as strong leadership skills, Trevor had a clear vision of his career goal: management in the aquaculture industry. So, when he heard that Excel Career College was offering the Aquaculture Technician Diploma Program in his small community of Tsaxana, near Gold River in 2012, he jumped at the opportunity and registered.
The program was presented in partnership with the Mowachaht Muchalaht First Nation, Grieg Seafood, and Excel Career College and was supported by the Aboriginal Training for Employment Program.
Trevor knew this program would provide him with the training and qualifications he needed to achieve his goal, so he focused and worked hard to make the most of it. Trevor enjoyed and excelled in aquaculture training, maintaining an 89% average and providing assistance and support to his fellow classmates throughout the program. He had a passion and enthusiasm for the program which spread to all those around him.
Near the end of the program, Trevor was assigned a practicum placement with Grieg Seafood. From that placement, Trevor was hired for a three-month contract; and during that time, he impressed his supervisors with his work and his attitude and was hired on in a permanent, full-time position with the company.
Trevor says work is going “awesome!” He greatly values the environment at Grieg, saying, “The relationship between everyone in the company is great. Lots of teamwork is involved, and I have had the opportunity to work with all departments, be involved with media articles and things like that. The CEO of the company even comes to the sites and gets to work. It is really refreshing – you would not expect that from a CEO. The whole company is just really supportive; we are like a close-knit family. Even the big boss knows everyone by name.”
What does Trevor like most about his work? “Living on the water – daily interactions with eagles, sea lions, and other wildlife. You can see salmon jumping in the water all around you; it’s just a really beautiful experience.” He adds, “I like to work and love the ocean, so it is a perfect combo!”
When asked how the training program prepared him for the job, Trevor says, “(It) all was extremely useful, but for me, fish health issues and the computer training helped the most.” He also noted that, “All of the computer courses really took it to the next level and gave me the edge for the promotion I am applying for.” Trevor is currently working towards an Assistant Manager position at his site, and looking to the future, he sees a long-term role in management with Grieg. “It is a goal that I have been working towards since the beginning, and I feel that Excel really pushed the envelope and gave me the extra jump.”
Trevor demonstrated leadership in the classroom and continues to be a leader on the job, volunteering to lead student tours and providing orientation to new First Nation employees at the work place. He maintains his enthusiasm for the Aquaculture Technician program and the work he loves and shares his feelings on this with anyone who asks. So, he was very happy to oblige to an interview for a WorkBC article featuring his training and employment in Aquaculture (http://www.bcbsides.ca/jobs-aquaculture-technician/).
Trevor is passionate about what the Aquaculture Program has given to him and what the program can offer to others. In his program review, he stated the following:
I have really enjoyed the aquaculture technician program. I find both the instructors and the information given to be very relevant to
the aquaculture industry. I like the fact that most aspects of aquaculture are covered with good info. Computer courses offered are
invaluable to obtain more than just a position in this field; they offer the ability to excel in the work place.
The course is a breath of fresh air in a town that offers little in the way of training and/or work. I appreciate the fact that it is being
offered in our small community and intend on making the best of what is offered by gaining steady work within the aquaculture
industry. I really hope that this course is repeated for other people within the community, as I believe it will help the community
diminish the high rates of social assistance.
Trevor Fraser is a fine person, an excellent student, a conscientious worker, and a natural leader; and he is a very worthy recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Award.