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Work on an Apprenticeship and earn School Credits

From the film and entertainment industry, to design, to hairstyling, to electronics, to cooking, to what we see as more traditional trades, there are opportunities for apprenticeships in hundreds of career paths. You can learn on the job, get paid and earn school credits all at the same time! For a complete list of trades and apprenticeship opportunities go to the Industry Training Authority website.

Overview: Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) is a career program that provides students with the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship while still in high school, and to earn high school credits for doing so. It provides a smoother transition from school to work, and a quicker route to certification in a trade – and to the earning power that goes with it. SSA students complete up to 480 hours of work experience that counts towards their apprenticeship and course credits. SSA youth apprentices must be 19 and under and complete their SSA work based training by 3 months after graduation. Like other apprentices, Secondary School Apprentices are responsible for finding an employer who will hire them and commit to their training as a sponsor. Note that it is possible for students to take part in both the Secondary School Apprenticeship and ACE IT program.

As an added bonus, secondary school apprentices can qualify for a $1,000 scholarship if they have:

– Been registered in a school 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
– Continued working or training full-time in the trade 5 months after secondary school graduation or have 1100 hours reported to ITA.


Studio 9 policy on students enrolling in the SSA Program is as follows;

– Student and Parent source out potential employers to sign on as an apprentice
– The school supplies letter of introduction for the student
– Student prepares a letter and resume to submit to potential employers and visits each
– Once there is an agreement with a potential employer the contact information is given to the school coordinator
– The school coordinator and employer arrange the process for course evaluation and coordination
– The student and employer complete an apprenticeship agreement and a copy is given to the school for student and    Ministry records
– The student begins with SSA 11A attending the workplace as per an agreed schedule
– The student then works through SS11B, SSA12A and SSA12B for a total of 16 credits for all four courses.

The school does not supply students with employers because we are a school of choice and believe that a commitment is needed in making such a serious choice. That student and parent commitment and desire is demonstrated by the enthusiasm of searching for, finding and meeting potential apprenticeship employers.

Once students/parents find the employer and a registered apprenticeship is in place, the student begins the SSA courses and is graded on such things as, but not limited to, workplace performance including attendance, learning, ability to take on workplace tasks, completing tasks, following instruction and safety.