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Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA)

The Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) provides skill development through practical, hands-on work experience.

Students enrolled in these courses go to work and attend high school at the same time. That means they have found an employer who is willing to take them on (and pay them) as an apprentice – at least until their high school graduation. School counsellors may be able to offer help with this step.

Students that are 15 or older can enrol in this program – they must also formally register with the Industry Training Authority as Youth Apprentices. Successful completion of the program earns students 16 credits towards graduation. Some may also qualify for the SSA Scholarship – a $1000 award given to students for sustained and exceptional work as an apprentice.

If you are a high school student already working as an apprentice, speak to your high school counsellor today about signing up for this program.

$1000 Scholarship Criteria

Students who are eligible for the Secondary School Apprenticeship scholarship will automatically be considered for the award.

To be eligible an Industry Training Authority (ITA)-registered youth apprentice must have:

  • Been registered in a school district Secondary School Apprenticeship Program prior to graduation
  • Graduated with a Grade 12 Dogwood Diploma or Adult Dogwood
  • Successfully completed SSA 11A, SSA 11B, SSA 12A, and SSA 12B
  • Maintained a C+ average or better on Grade 12 numbered courses
  • Reported a total of at least 900 hours to the ITA within six months of graduation