Learning on the job in Alberta has never been easier and more rewarding

By on August 16, 2014
Jobs in Alberta

How perfect would it be to break the years of monotonous “this is how you should live” and “school, university, career” chronology of events! Students everywhere for years have been finding ways to gain work experience while still studying to fast forward their experience gaining post- university phase a little bit. But come on, part time jobs do not hold major professional gains for you if it is not your industry, do they?

Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training system is a blessing to this situation. It hones students into a highly skilled, educated and strong workforce. Apprentices get on-the-job experience, practical professional training and knowledge from a hands-on job. This prepares them to fulfil the needs and requirements of their future employers

Post High School Application

After the completion of High school, a student needs to register as an apprentice in an apprenticeship sponsored organisation. They will need to sign a Contract of Apprenticeship with the employer of Apprenticeship and Industry Training. There are a few entrance requirements to be met for applicants.

The requirements of meeting eligibility for particular trades are quite straightforward and simple:

  • You need to be a permanent resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen.
  • You employer must be eligible to participate in the apprenticeship program
  • Potential Apprentice applicants must meet the minimum Alberta or equal High-School equivalent High School requirement for the trade that they have chosen.
  • In case, applicants do not meet the above educational requirements, there is an option for an entrance exam for the respective trade.
  • An aspirant may even register if they do not meet the requirements but he/she will be expected to meet them during the first year of apprenticeship.

During High School

Get a jumpstart on apprenticeship while you are still in high school with the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). It is a legitimate way for registered high school students to become apprentices and earn credits while completing a high school diploma alongside. RAP is ideal for the students that are aware of their future career interests while still studying and are eager to gain work experience in that field. The best part about RAP is that the time spent at school and on the work site is quite flexible and can have schedules fixed as per the student, school and employers availability. The RAP apprenticeship ends when the apprentice completes high school.

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) in high school can lead to a further standing in an apprenticeship program. This advances standing for technical training towards the program will be granted upon:

  • A successful completion of the Apprenticeship and Industry Training exam with a minimum mark of 70% which includes a theory exam, or a mix of theory and practical depending on the chosen trade.
  • A registration into a contract of apprenticeship

Get ready to be the best apprentice ever!

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