Government of Saskatchewan

Youth Apprentices

What is SYA?

SYASaskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship – raises awareness of apprenticeship in Saskatchewan schools by helping young people discover what rewards come with being a Youth Apprentice and working in the skilled trades. SYA enhances student career development by exploring the world of opportunities skilled trades offer Saskatchewan youth.

What is Apprenticeship?

Being a Youth Apprentice  is a great way to learn job skills while earning money. It combines hands-on learning where experts in a trade (called journeypersons) pass on their knowledge and expertise to employees (called apprentices) right on the job. This practical training is combined with periods of technical training. Learn more about the exciting career opportunities in the skilled trades by watching the video below.

What are the benefits of taking SYA in high school?

Besides getting a head start on career planning and having a record of your achievements, youth who complete all three levels and register as an apprentice in a designated trade within five years receive the following benefits:

  1. waiver of registration fee (currently $150)*
  2. no charge for first level of technical training tuition*
  3. 300 hours of trade time credit**

*The SYA Program may also be available to those who are not high school students. The financial waivers do not apply in those cases.
** For partial completion of  SYA, youth only receive 100 hours of trade time credit per SYA level completed.

Are there any scholarships for SYA participants?

SYA Industry Scholarships are awarded to selected, eligible high school graduates throughout the province who have completed the SYA Program and will be pursuing a career in the skilled trades. The scholarships, valued at $1,000 each, will be awarded to graduating students nominated by selected provincial high schools each June. Read more about the SYA Industry Scholarships and how to qualify.

What are the four steps of apprenticeship?

1. Find an employer willing to provide the necessary on-the-job training and supervision.
2. Sign an apprenticeship contract with the employer and register it with the SATCC.
3. Work and learn on the job, and attend and successfully complete your technical training.
4. Write your journeyperson examination and pass with a minimum of 70%.

EDUCATORS:

1) Register a school in SYA:

    1. School Enrolment Request Form
    2. Teacher’s package – Grades 10-12
    3. School Administrator’s package – Grades 10-12

2) Currently Registered SYA schools:

    1. Register a student in the SYA program: Youth Apprenticeship Contract
    2. Work with students to complete the 12 challenges:  SYA Passport – available in Colour or B & W
    3. Track students’ progress: SYA Student Enrolment Tracking Form – Available in Excel and PDF 
    4. Send tracking forms to the SATCC as proof of completion
    5. Request materials: School Materials Request Form

3) SYA Challenge Supports

    1. Apprenticeship Terminology
    2. Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course (YWRCC)

RELATED SYA INFORMATION:

    1. SYA Frequently Asked Questions
    2. SYA brochure
    3. SYA poster
    4. SYA Industry Scholarship brochure
    5. SYA Industry Scholarship poster
    6. SYA Industry Scholarship – sponsorship brochure/form
    7. High School Completion ad Your Future in the Skilled Trades
    8. What is Apprenticeship? and  Entrance Requirements for Apprenticeship
    9. Explore Your Future in the Skilled Trades – video