Students Earn Apprenticeship Credits at SCCHS

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Cody Ruest, a Grade 12 student from SCCHS, is earning High School Apprenticeship credits while working at Cypress Motors and also gaining hours towards a Saskatchewan Journeyperson Certificate.

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Swift Current Comprehensive High School recognizes the need to prepare students to become highly skilled workers in today’s workforce and is now offering high school Apprenticeship credits to further assist students in gaining essential skills. High School Apprenticeship credits will help students to gain workplace skills while they are employed under the supervision of a journeyperson. For every 100 hours of employment in a Saskatchewan trade, students may be granted an Apprenticeship high school credit as well as gaining hours towards their Saskatchewan Journeyperson Certificate.

Colleen Roberts, teacher overseeing the Apprenticeship credits at SCCHS, explains “This is a win-win situation for both our students and employers. Students gain trade specific experience and hours while they are employed and at the same time, they can earn up to four high school credits. Employers have the opportunity to hire students who are highly motivated and will be ready to move into the workforce full-time upon graduation.”

Roberts further reports that students can earn credits while employed during their evenings, weekends or summer holidays.

Students are required to meet with Roberts prior to starting their hours to review the credit process.

"We wanted to minimize the time required by employers, so we have created customized packages for each workplace that will require less than five minutes of the employer’s time at the beginning, middle, and end of each credit.” 

Cody Ruest, a grade 12 student from SCCHS, is working on his second apprenticeship credit and hopes to complete a third credit before June. Ruest is employed with Cypress Motors and stated, For me, high school Apprenticeship credits are helping me to earn my journeyperson hours faster. In the end, that means I am going to make more money once I start working full-time.”

Connor Hildebrandt is working at B.F. Mechanical Ltd. in the Agricultural Machinery industry. Hildebrandt enjoys that he can do hands-on learning, while he is getting paid. Richmar Delute earned his Apprenticeship credit while employed as a welder at REM in Swift Current. A common thread for all Apprenticeship students is that they feel fortunate to gain workplace skills, high school credits, and money all at the same time.

Driving the promotion of Apprenticeship credits by SCCHS are the statistics regarding employment opportunities that students will face upon graduation. According to the Conference Board of Canada, by the year 2020, there will be a shortage of one million skilled workers. The Information Technology Association of Canada reports that over the next two decades, 40 per cent of new jobs will be in skilled trades. In 2011, Electrical trades were forecast to be short over 16,000 employees in Canada. By combining high school credits with student employment, SCCHS students are well on their way to reaping the benefits of becoming skilled workers in today’s workforce.

Organizations: Swift Current Comprehensive High School, B.F. Mechanical, Conference Board of Canada Information Technology Association of Canada REM Cypress Motors

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Swift Current, Canada

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