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What Is SYA?

WHAT IS SASKATCHEWAN YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP?

Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) is a high school program designed to help students discover the rewards of working in the skilled trades through hands-on experience. It provides students with a head start on apprenticeship and a better understanding of the steps to journeyperson certification.

THE BENEFITS OF YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP

1. GAIN AN EDGE

Through SYA, you’ll get a head start on career planning in the skilled trades. Upon completion, you’ll have a record of your achievements, trades contacts and real-world experience—things that will make the process of interviewing and finding an apprenticeship after graduation easier!

2. SAVE TIME & MONEY

Complete all three levels and register as an apprentice in a designated trade within five years to receive the following benefits:

  1. Waiver of registration fee (currently $200)*
  2. No charge for Level 1 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 receive 100 hours of trade-time credit per SYA level completed.

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP & REGULAR APPRENTICESHIP?

SYA is a high school program that gives students in Grades 10-12 the opportunity to explore careers in the skilled trades through research and hands-on learning. The program provides a strong foundation for securing and succeeding in an apprenticeship post-graduation.

Apprenticeship is the next step. It is a post-secondary education pathway that combines on-the-job learning with classroom training. About 85% of apprenticeship training happens on the job—apprentices are supervised by a journeyperson or other experienced mentor. Apprenticeship is voluntary for the majority of Saskatchewan’s designated trades. However, it is mandatory for the five compulsory trades: Construction Electrician, Plumber, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, Sheet Metal Worker and Sprinkler Fitter.

For more information, including entrance requirements, see: Apprenticeship Information.

SYA INDUSTRY SCHOLARSHIPS

Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Industry Scholarships are awarded every year to selected, eligible high school graduates who have completed SYA and will be pursuing a career in the skilled trades. Read more about the SYA Industry Scholarships and how to qualify.