There are over one hundred and fifty apprenticeable occupations in BC. An apprenticeship is a system of training that combines learning-on-the-job with formal technical training. It is formalized by a 3 way agreement between an employer, an individual and the Industry Training Authority. The length of the apprenticeship varies with the occupation, but typically lasts 2 – 5 years.
In order to qualify for a Secondary School Apprenticeship a student must;
- find an employer who is willing to register them as an apprentice
- complete an SSA application
- have completed or be enrolled in courses associated with the trade
- be over the age of 15
Work experience can be completed on weekends, holidays or with a special release from school if the timetable permits. Each 120 hours of training qualifies the student for 4 credits towards graduation. Each hour of time is recorded by the apprenticeship authority and counts towards their apprenticeship hours. Students who complete 480 hours and who are able to maintain a C+ average are eligible for a $1000 scholarship.
The SSA program has been re-written for the 2005 – 2006 school year and will be updated on this website in September
The Apprentice Online Portal is a simple, confidential way to find services and financial assistance to support your apprenticeship training. Visit the portal to:
- learn what kind of support is available
- assess your eligibility for financial assistance
- apply for financial support – quickly, easily and securely