Secondary School Apprenticeship Program means an educational program that consists of workplace based training where secondary students register as apprentices with the industry authority (ita); (ministerial order 282 04).
Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) program involves part-time work within a trade - something many secondary students are doing already. You might already be a secondary school apprentice and not even know it!
If you are still a high school student working part-time in a trade, you are probably a 'hidden apprentice'. By registering as a SSA student, you will be able to earn dual credit for the work you're already doing, become eligible for a $1000 scholarship, and get a head start on earning your trade certification.
To register for SSA you must contact the School District Career Programs Office at 250-564-3121.
SSA qualifying trades
All BC and Red Seal Trades qualify as SSA program trades.The below is just an example of some trades that will qualify. For a full list visit www.itabc.ca
- Automotive Service Technician
- Heavy Duty Mechanic
- Industrial Mechanic
- Steamfitter / Pipe fitter
- Welder Level "C"
To qualify for SSA funding, you must be between 15 and 19 years old, be registered in School District 57, and have an employer that will sponsor you.
SSA grant requirements
- Have a minimum 480 hours logged with the Industry Training Authority (ITA)
- Maintained a C+ average in all grade 12 courses
- Graduated Grade 12 with a full graduation certificate (Dogwood)
- Be working or training 5 months after you have graduated, OR have logged 1100 hours with the ITA