- Earn High School Credits
- Earn Wages
- Build Hours Towards Your Apprenticeship
- Become Eligible to Win $1000
- RAP Scholarship
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) is an opportunity for high school students to earn up to 40 credits towards their high school diploma while also building hours towards their first year apprenticeship in one of Alberta’s more than 50 trades.
What is apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary training designed to prepare people to work in one of the 50+ trades in Alberta. An apprentice spends 80% of his/her time at a job, working for wages, under a qualified journeyman. The rest of the time (about 8 weeks per year) apprentices take technical training at a technical college such as SAIT. An apprenticeship program lasts 1 to 4 years, depending on the trade, and a student graduates with a Journeyman Certificate.
How does RAP work?
RAP students divide their time between an approved work site and their high school. At school, they take regular courses, such as English, Social Studies, Science and Mathematics in order to earn their Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of Achievement. At their worksite, they are indentured apprentices who can earn as many as 1000 hours towards their Journeyman’s Certificate. For every 25 hours as an apprentice, they also receive one high school credit, up to a maximum of 40.
The time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site can be quite flexible. The student school and employer jointly agree to a suitable schedule. The student might work as a RAP apprentice for a semester, for half of each school day, or during summers, holidays and weekends.
RAP students are expected to continue their apprenticeship after they graduate from high school. The RAP apprentices’ technical training is delayed until they have completed both high school and the required number of hours of workplace learning.
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