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Secondary School Apprenticeship
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should be an apprentice?
is interested in a trade/technical industries
likes working with their hands
is interested in being an entrepreneur
likes seeing the end result
Does SSA work interfere with a student's high school work?
No, not at all! Student's paid work experience as a SSA student can be completed on weekends, summer holidays, or on a special release from school if the timetable will permit. It's like having a part time job outside of school and you can earn up to 16 credits based on the number of hours you accumulate at your job.
If I work for cash, am I eligible for the SSA program?
Students and the employers need to be able to verify work hours through documentation like a pay stub or record of employment (ROE). Also, employers need to be providing WCB coverage of their employees.
I want to be a part of the SSA program, but I haven't got a job. How do I get a job in a trade?
There are many ways to find a job in a trade. Often the SSA coordinator will have job opportunities available and these get advertised throughout the school district. Students also need to "network" through family and friends and let potential employers know you are interested in working. Taking "Work Experience 12" at your school is a great way to network with employers. Ask your counsellor for help.
What is the criteria for the $1000.00 scholarship for the SSA program?
all 4 SSA courses completed (480 hours of work)
a C+ average on all their grade 12 numbered courses
to be employed 5 months after graduation or gain up to 1100 work hours in the trade
to fill in an application for the scholarship before they graduate and give it to the SSA coordinator
What happens to me and my apprenticeship after I graduate?
The student will continue to work and gain hours which will be applied towards their apprenticeship. Students should submit a "Work Based Training Report" form every 3 or 4 months to the ITA to keep their hours updated.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is when a student is employed in a trade and works along side a qualified tradesperson (journeyperson). The student typically spends most of the calendar year working in his/her position but also attends a trade school during the year to be educated on the trade. Students gain their "levels" by following this routine usually for 3 or 4 years until they gain their certification.
What does Red Seal mean?
This term means you have completed your apprenticeship and are fully certified in a particular trade. Your certification status is accepted all across Canada. If you move outside of any province, you do not need to be re-trained or re-certified.
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