In B.C. there are currently more than 100 Apprentice Trade Programs offering career opportunities. Upon successfully completing one of them, you will earn a government-recognized credential. This is often referred to as your certification or "ticket" and someone who has certification is often referred to as a "certified tradesperson". With certification, you'll have the advantage of being able to demonstrate a defined skill level in your trade or industry occupation.
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PATHS TO APPRENTICESHIP
During high school there are two possible ways you can become a registered apprentice:
1) If you already have an employer to take you on as an apprentice you can be part of Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA).
2) If you do not have an employer able to take you on as an apprentice, have not graduated yet from high school and are not yet nineteen years of age, you can apply to ACE-IT.
What's ACE IT?
ACE IT is an industry training program for high school students. Through an ACE IT program, you can take courses, with the tuition paid for, that will give you both high school graduation credits and a head start towards completion of an apprenticeship program.
ACE IT programs are developed and offered as partnerships between school districts and post-secondary institutions, and classes are often taught at colleges. Local employers also get involved in the development of ACE IT programs, and students who complete these programs typically have very good success in finding employment.
WHAT IS SSA?
Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) is a career program that provides students with the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship while still in high school, and to earn high school credits for doing so.
It provides a smoother transition from school to work, and a quicker route to certification in a trade - and to the earning power that goes with it. SSA students complete up to 480 hours of work experience that counts towards their apprenticeship and course credits. SSA youth apprentices must be 19 and under and complete their SSA work based training by 3 months past graduation.
Like other apprentices, Secondary School Apprentices are responsible for finding an employer who will hire them and commit to their training as a sponsor.
Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarships
As an added bonus, secondary school apprentices can qualify for a $1,000 scholarship.