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Released on June 20, 2019One hundred graduating high school students from 72 communities across Saskatchewan received Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarships this year.
Tesa Sloan, graduating from Cut Knife High School in June, plans to start a career as an Automotive Painter.
“I am honoured to receive a Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Industry Scholarship,” Sloan said. “I am looking forward to working in the automotive painter trade, and everything else that accompanies it. This scholarship is exactly what I need to get on my feet and pursue my dream. A special thanks to all the people who supported me through the years.”
Every year, educators co-ordinating SYA in their schools are invited to nominate at least one SYA graduate from their school. The SATCC also collects nominations from the Regina Industry Education Council, the Saskatoon Industry Education Council and the Regina Trades and Skills Centre. Since the scholarship launched in 2009, 56 industry sponsors have committed $740,000 to the fund.
The Government of Saskatchewan has also invested through the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunities Scholarship, bringing total contributions to $1.27 million.
“On behalf of the commission board of directors, congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients,” SATCC Board Chair Drew Tiefenbach said. “I also want to thank all of the industry sponsors. By supporting this scholarship, you help encourage our province’s young people to consider a skilled trades career.”
Students who complete SYA receive significant benefits. If SYA graduates register as apprentices within five years of graduation, their apprenticeship registration fee is waived, their Level 1 technical training tuition is waived and they receive 300 trade time hours. The SYA program has grown significantly over the last year.
At the end of 2017-18, there were more than 2,500 students enrolled. Currently, there are more than 3,300 students enrolled – an increase of 30 per cent.
To learn more about the SYA Program, please visit www.saskapprenticeship.ca/youth_apprentices or call 1-877-363-0536.
For more information, contact:
Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission
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