Traditionally, apprenticeships in Alberta began after students graduated from high school, however, some students identify their career interests at an earlier age.  RAP is an ideal program for students who are ready to learn and practice trade specific skills and get a start on their trade certification while working on the requirements for their high school program.  Student time is divided between course work in school and an approved work site.  They take regular courses such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Math in order to earn their Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of Achievement.  The time a RAP students spends at school and on the worksite can be quite flexible.  The student, school and employer jointly agree on a suitable schedule.  The student might work as a RAP apprentice for a semester, for half of each school day, for one or two days per week, during summer, holidays, weekends or a combination of these schedules. 

The RAP apprenticeship end when the RAP apprentice completes 1,000 hours of work or finishes high school.  At this time, if a student chooses to continue with their apprenticeship, the RAP apprentice is registered as a regular apprentice and the credit earned while in the RAP program is applied to his or her apprenticeship through the apprenticeship program.

Students can earn hours towards an apprenticeship in over 50 trades.  More information is available at Trade Secrets Alberta

If you are looking for more information on our Apprenticeship Program, please call the school at (780) 513-3200 and ask for Joe LaValley.