What is SYA?

SYASaskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship is a high school program that raises awareness of apprenticeship by helping youth discover the rewards of working in the skilled trades.


The goals of the SYA Program:

  • Promote skilled trades as first-choice careers
  • Increase student awareness of apprenticeship opportunities and career choices
  • Help students understand the requirements for success in the skilled trades
  • Keep students in school to acquire the basic and essential skills necessary for success in skilled trades careers
  • Provide students with a head start on their skilled trades career


What are the benefits of taking SYA in high school?

Besides getting a head start on career planning and having a record of their 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 $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 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.


When youth register as an apprentice following high school, how many hours of trade time do they receive credit for due to their high school Practical and Applied Arts classes?

Review this document regarding high school credits and apprenticeship trade time hours for more information.