What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is paid, work-based training, usually combined with post-secondary education. Typically, about 80-85% of an apprenticeship is made up of work-based training and the other 15-20% is made up of technical training taken in a classroom and shop setting. The length of an apprenticeship can range from one to five years, but most require four years to complete.
Successful completion of both components, along with examinations, is required before an apprentice earns a certificate or ticket, and becomes a certified tradesperson in his or her trade.
Many trades, known as the “Red Seal” trades, have nationally recognized certification standards. The credentials of a certified tradesperson who has successfully earned a Red Seal ticket are recognized across Canada.
The work-based training component of an apprenticeship represents an important commitment between the apprentice and the employer. It is recommended that employers have facilities and work opportunities that will expose apprentices to all aspects of a trade, and that they ensure a well-qualified individual oversee an apprentice’s work and training.
Apprentices and their employers are required to register their apprenticeship or industry training agreements (sometime referred to as a “sponsorship”) and to document the work-based training completed.
The technical training component of an apprenticeship typically involves spending four to ten weeks per year in a classroom and shop setting. During each different level of training, apprentices will study specific subject areas. Examinations typically take place as each level of technical training is completed.
Technical training is offered at a wide range of public and private institutions in B.C. Depending on where you live, you may need to travel to complete your technical training. However, more flexible alternatives are being developed to bring training closer to home for more British Columbians – including web-based and other forms of distance learning and mobile training delivery.
For more information and a listing of trades, see the ITA (Industry Training Authority) website.
What is the Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) Program?
Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) is a career program that provides students with the opportunity to begin their apprenticeship training while attending high school.
A secondary School Apprentice is:
- 15 years of age or older
- Working in a paid, part time position in an ITA recognized trade
- Working under the supervision of a qualified tradesperson
How are apprenticeship hours acquired?
Secondary School Apprenticeship students complete their hours while working after school, on weekends and holidays or in cases where it can be accommodated in the school timetable, during school time.
How many credits can an SSA student earn?
The student will receive 4 credits towards graduation for every 120 hours completed on the job site, up to a maximum of 16 credits for 480 hours. Four credits are given for each of the following courses:
- Secondary School Apprenticeship 11A (SSA11A)
- Secondary School Apprenticeship 11B (SSA11B)
- Secondary School Apprenticeship 12A (SSA12A)
- Secondary School Apprenticeship 12B (SSA12B)
How does a student enter the SSA Program?
Typically, students enter the SSA Program in one of the following ways:
- They are offered employment and sponsorship as an apprentice following a successful work experience placement.
- They are working as a “hidden” apprentice. The “hidden” apprentice is a high school student working in an ITA recognized trade, but unaware that he/she can register with the Industry Training Authority.
- Scholarship Opportunity
Successful students, who complete Secondary School Apprenticeship, maintain a C+ average in their grade 12 courses and who meet the Ministry’s requirements, qualify for a $1,000 CASH scholarship.
How do students qualify to receive the SSA Scholarship?
Students complete a minimum of 480 hours, achieve a C+ average in their Grade 12 courses, and five months after graduation are working or training in the trade, or have 1,100 work-based training hours recorded with the Industry Training Authority, qualify to receive the $1,000 Ministry of Education Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarship.
Students interested in in the Secondary School Apprenticeship Scholarship should contact David Corbett.