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When asked why she decided to switch gears and enter a skilled trade in her thirties Tracy Kittles doesn’t skip a beat. - Industry Training Authority

“You are never too old to try something new and you can do anything if you work hard enough,”

When asked why she decided to switch gears and enter a skilled trade in her thirties Tracy Kittles doesn’t skip a beat.

“You are never too old to try something new and you can do anything if you work hard enough,” said Kittles. “I have done a lot of different jobs, but I wanted a skillset that genuinely helped people and a skilled trade that could support myself and my family.”

A mother of two kids, Tracy followed several different career paths before deciding to become a construction electrician. She was a ski instructor, and then she worked as a server for 20 years. Around the time that COVID hit she got a job at Costco. She enjoyed the work, but within a few months, Tracy knew there must be something else out there that was better suited to her strengths.

She had a friend that owned an electrical company that let her shadow one of his guys for a day, and it piqued her interest. Soon after she landed a job at Bert’s Electric and started her apprenticeship.

“I’m proud to say that I jumped in with both feet – I went right from my job at Costco to a construction site and haven’t looked back,” Tracy added. “And I don’t worry about being a female in a male-dominated field because I work just as hard as them and I never give up.”

Since June 2020 Tracy has been working as a construction electrician apprentice on a low-rise mixed commercial and residential project in New Westminster. She is starting her Level 1 schooling on March 29 at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Tracy says she always told her kids that growing up her main ambition was to be happy. Looks like she nailed it.