Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
Earn while you learn and get a head start on your career.
The Registered Apprenticeship Program (called “RAP”) is a modified apprenticeship program that permits a high school student to become an apprentice while still attending high school. A RAP apprentice accumulates hours of on-the-job training as credit toward his or her apprenticeship, and earns credits toward a high school diploma.
Why RAP ?
- Allows you to start your Post-Secondary training early while still in High School
- Because Skilled Trades people are in short supply and the future in that area looks very promising..
- RAP gives employers an opportunity to find quality young employees and to participate in their education
- RAP offers an enriched high school education and provides an opportunity to learn the skills industry needs
- A RAP apprentice gets a realistic look at the work world and learns employability skills
- Because RAP allows a student to earn a good wage plus as many as 40 High School credits including four 30-level, 5-credit Courses towards your High School Diploma.
- Who can employ a RAP Apprentice?
- Anyone who is eligible to employ an apprentice can employ a RAP apprentice.
- How is a RAP Apprentice different from a regular apprentice?
- A RAP apprentice is a student still attending High School.
- A RAP apprentice must be paid at least minimum wage. Rules of scale to Journeyman only apply after they have graduated from High School.
- The normal apprenticeship’s formal or technical training is delayed until the RAP student completes high school.
- Alberta Education is responsible for Worker’s Compensation coverage for RAP apprentices while they are still high school students.
- Builds a community based work force
- WCB – covered by Alberta Education
- Guidance by workplace mentor
- Participate in the development of your future work force
- Integrates trade training in high school education process
- Develops employability skills, feedback and performance review
- Participates in education process
- Assists with shortage in trades
- Minimizes cost of training
How much time does a student spend in RAP?
- Grade 10: Majority of the students begin in the summer following Grade 10 with a 125 hour pre-RAP internship prior to registering with Apprenticeship and Industry Training. They work full time during the Grade 10 summer.
- In Grade 11, students may continue as a RAP apprentice working after school, weekends, and holidays, and returning full time during the summer following Grade 11.
- In Grade 12, students may continue as a RAP apprentice working after school, weekends, and holidays. Many apprentices try to arrange their timetables to accommodate a half-day, or possibly even the entire first semester at the workplace during the Grade 12 school year.
What are the entrance requirements?
- Passing all classes and Good academic standing, particularly in Math, Science, and English
- Excellent attendance at school, good citizenship and attitude
- 125 hours Work Experience (pre-RAP Internship, pay optional)
- HCS 3000 Job Preparation Module
- CSTS Safety Training prior to placement
If you have any questions about the RAP program please contact the Off-Campus Education Coordinator, Duane Hagen at Outreach.
Call: 780-960-0475 or email email@example.com