Program Coordinator: Renee Rudolph
The Registered Apprenticeship Program (or RAP) is an opportunity for a focused student to get a jump start on a career in the trades. There are over 50 certified trades in Alberta that students can apprentice for.
A RAP student goes through an application process and must be accepted into the program based on their attendance, their grades, their attitude and two teacher references, as well as a fully completed application form. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that a student complete the full program of the trade (Fabrication, Auto Body, Mechanics, etc) at the school while they are considering the RAP program. Many of the employers do not want students who do not have a good base of skills in the trade. This means that a student may enroll in the Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels of the program while at Lindsay Thurber.
If a student is accepted into RAP, Mrs. Rudolph will assist in finding a suitable job site placement. During the summer of their grade 10 year, the student works as an intern in the trade and must complete a minimum of 125 hours (5 credits are earned). As an intern, there is NO obligation of pay from the employer. After the 125-hour internship, the employer has to decide whether they want to indenture the student. This means that the employer will keep the student on and begin to count their hours towards their first year apprenticeship. Once the student is indentured, the employer must agree to pay the student at least minimum wage while he/she works for them. Once the student knows they are in the trade and pursuing it as a career, they apply to Alberta Apprenticeship & Industry Training for their Apprenticeship book. Students will log their hours so that by the time they are done Grade 12, they have completed their minimum goal of 1000 hours (Maximum 40 high school credits) toward the first year of their Apprenticeship.
A student must ensure that their timetable in grade 11 and grade 12 includes RAP as a course. Most students attend their core classes (English and Social, for example) during periods 1 and 2, and then go to their RAP placement in the afternoon.
Mrs. Rudolph monitors our RAP students through work site visits and provides feedback and evaluation forms throughout the process. The RAP program is a wonderful opportunity for students who know their career path to get a jump start in the trades. For further information on the RAP program, please see Mrs. Rudolph.
Additional Off-Campus Programs
Basic Training – Senior high students, 17 years of age (or older) can attend Army Basic Training camp during the summer of their Grade 11 year. If the Off Campus program is set up PRIOR to them attending the camp, they can earn a maximum of 10 credits for Basic Training.
Green Certificate – an agricultural based program of study where students interested in pursuing a career in one of nine specializations in agribusiness can earn up to 16 credits for successful completion of a strand. Students are trained (typically on a family farm), and upon completion of learner outcomes are then tested on their knowledge in a particular agricultural field. There is a cost to the program, however, upon successful completion of all 16 credits, the student (parents) are refunded their initial outlay.
Health Internship Program – students interested in pursuing a career in Health Care should consider making application for a Work Experience placement in the summer after their Grade 11 year. Alberta Health Service opens up a limited number of learning opportunities for students to test drive a career and gain exposure to occupations within health care. Students earn credits while being paid.