Edmonton, AB — More than 280 Alberta high-school students have been recognized with a scholarship to continue their apprenticeship training after high school and become certified journeypersons.
The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) scholarships are designed to recognize student achievement on the job and in the classroom. The scholarships provide $1,000 to each recipient.
“Through these scholarships, we’re investing in Albertans,” said Doug Horner, Minister of Advanced Education and Technology. “RAP gives students a head start in the trades by providing real-world, on-the-job training, and the support Alberta’s future workforce needs to succeed.”
“RAP helps high-school students make the link between the classroom and future careers,” said Andy Neigel, president and CEO of CAREERS: The Next Generation, an industry-driven private/public partnership dedicated to the career development of Alberta’s youth. “As a result of these scholarships, more students are entering the post-secondary world and the workforce poised and motivated for success.”
As part of the program, high school students obtain hours of on-the-job training and work experience as credit toward both an apprenticeship program and a high school diploma while earning an income. This year, more than 1,800 Alberta high school students are participating
“A strong workforce of skilled tradespeople will shape Alberta’s future,” said Ray Massey, chairman of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board. “These scholarships recognize achievement and encourage students to excel in their trade – congratulations to all 2010 RAP Scholarship recipients.”
The Government of Alberta, along with industry partners, funds the scholarships awarded to Alberta high school graduates who participated in the Registered Apprenticeship Program and are pursuing careers in the trades. The program also includes Top Employer, Top Instructor and Top Apprentice awards.
For more information and a list of scholarship recipients go to RAP Scholarships and scroll down to the recipients section.