If you’re still in high school and think a career in construction is for you – then the following programs could give you a valuable head start towards becoming a journeyperson*:
Career and Technology Studies – Apprenticeship Pathways
Who is it for: Students in Grade 10, 11 or 12.
Many students these days are focused on career opportunities and want to get a head start on acquiring the knowledge that employers demand.
What is it? While in high school, you can earn advance standing in an apprenticeship program in the carpenter or welder trade by completing the recognized pathway program. You will earn credit toward your high school diploma while getting a head start on your apprenticeship program.
How do I start? For more information, contact your Off-Campus Coordinator/RAP Coordinator or CTS Coordinator in your high school. (this may be your Guidance Counselor)
Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)
Who is it for: Students 15 yrs+, actively completing their high school diploma.
What is it? While going to high school, you can earn hours of on-the-job training as credit toward both an apprenticeship program and a high school diploma.
How do I start? Working with your employer (you need to find one) and your school, you can develop your work/education schedule. The flexibility means that you can work as an apprentice part-time throughout the year or choose to work weekends and holidays to complete your hands-on work experience.
For more information contact your Off-Campus Coordinator/RAP Coordinator or CTS Coordinator in your high school. (this may be your Guidance Counselor)
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*Many careers in construction require you to be a certified journeyperson. To become a journeyperson, first you must become an apprentice. Apprenticeship is a post-secondary education in which you (apprentice) learn the practical and technical aspects of a trade through a combination of on-the–job training (80% of the learning) and technical training/schooling (20% of the learning). You need to find an employer willing to hire and train you. Apprenticeship offers the best of both worlds – an education and paid work experience. Some people start their apprenticeship training after completing high school. Apprenticeship programs take 1 to 4 years to complete.