The Grande Prairie Public School Division (GPPSD) is very proud to announce that thirty-eight GPPSD students have recently been awarded High School Apprenticeship Scholarships for their participation in the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP). The High School Apprenticeship Scholarship Program recognizes the accomplishments of Alberta high school students completing the Registered Apprenticeship Program or the Career and Technology Studies pathway. Scholarship winners will be recognized at a ceremony taking place in Edmonton on November 15.
More information about the scholarship program is available at https://tradesecrets.alberta.ca/financial-assistance/scholarships/high_school_apprenticeship_scholarships.
The success of GPPSD students in RAP programming is shared with those businesses that support student placements and with CAREERS: The Next Generation, a non-profit organization focused on raising youth awareness of career options and helping students earn while they learn through internship. CAREERS partners with government, educators, communities, industry, parents and students to introduce youth to rewarding careers and develop the skilled workers of the future.
On October 29 the Government of Alberta announced a significant funding increase to CAREERS as part of the government’s commitment to increase support for apprenticeship education. The goal is to encourage more students to explore trades education as a path to good-paying professional jobs that will provide financial stability and help meet future labour market demands. More information is available at https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=64722C6C81C47-0033-BADE-8955B3462FA3690.
GPPSD students interested in learning more about how they may participate in the Registered Apprenticeship Program and other off-campus learning opportunities should speak with the Off-Campus Coordinator at their school.
Local businesses interested in supporting student internship placements to allow high school students to begin the journey towards a trade are encouraged to contact Mr. Nick Radujko, Assistant Superintendent, who will share information with the Off-Campus Coordinators in our schools.
Out of the thirty-eight students receiving awards, two students go to the Bridge Network Outreach School, seventeen students go to the Charles Spencer High School, and nineteen students go to the Grande Prairie Composite High School.