Students saluted with Sask. Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship In­dus­try Schol­ar­ships

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Atrio of South­west students were among 80 students prov­ince wide to earn $1,000 schol­ar­ships through the Saskatchew­an Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship In­dus­try Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram.

Beechy’s Matthew Willmek, Ste­wart Mayer from Her­bert and Swift Cur­rent’s Ma­son Bennett were among the 2012 win­ners. The schol­ar­ship pro­gram, ini­ti­ated un­der the lead­er­ship of the Saskatchew­an Ap­pren­tice­ship and Trade Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Com­mis­sion in 2009-20, pro­vides fi­nan­cial ben­e­fits to grad­u­at­ing students and helps mo­ti­vate them to ex­plore ca­reers in the skilled trades.

“The Com­mis­sion is de­lighted to award 80 schol­ar­ships this year - 40 more than last year,” Saskatchew­an Ap­pren­tice­ship and Trade Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Com­mis­sion Board Chair Garry Kot stated in a press re­lease. “The in­crease in schol­ar­ships is due to sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions by the Gov­ern­ment of Saskatchew­an through the Saskatchew­an In­no­va­tion and Op­por­tu­nity Schol­ar­ship pro­gram, and from grow­ing in­dus­try sup­port. More schol­ar­ships mean more youth will be work­ing in the skilled trades to help meet Saskatchew­an’s labour mar­ket needs.”

Willmek, who was pre­sented the Peak Me­chan­i­cal Part­ner­ship Award of Ex­cel­lence, is in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing a ca­reer as a Plumber or Re­frig­er­a­tion Me­chanic. Meyer is aim­ing to pur­sue an Agri­cul­tural Ma­chin­ery Tech­ni­cian pro­gram. Bennett, who was saluted with the Gen­eral Con­trac­tors As­so­ci­a­tion Schol­ar­ship, is pur­su­ing train­ing to be­come a welder.

The Saskatchew­an Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gram en­ables high school students to ex­plore ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties in the skilled trades and ob­tain hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence. Pro­gram par­tic­i­pa­tion is in­creas­ing. Cur­rently, 265 schools are reg­is­tered in the Saskatchew­an Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gram, with more than 3,500 students par­tic­i­pat­ing. Since the Saskatchew­an Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gram’s in­cep­tion in 2006-07, over 11,300 students in grades 1012 have reg­is­tered and more than 3,700 have com­pleted the pro­gram and re­ceived cer­tifi­cates. Of this to­tal, 475 have reg­is­tered as Saskatchew­an ap­pren­tices. To date, 36 par­tic­i­pants have achieved jour­neyper­son sta­tus.

The Saskatchew­an Ap­pren­tice­ship and Trade Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Com­mis­sion se­lects the schools that re­ceive the Saskatchew­an Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship In­dus­try Schol­ar­ship and the school se­lects the schol­ar­ship win­ner. To qual­ify for the schol­ar­ship, the grad­u­ate must com­plete high school and the Saskatchew­an Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram, as well as com­plete one level of ap­pren­tice­ship or one year of post-sec­ondary train­ing in a des­ig­nated skilled trade.

For in­for­ma­tion about the ben­e­fits of the Saskatchew­an Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gram, or on how to con­trib­ute to the Saskatchew­an Youth Ap­pren­tice­ship In­dus­try Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram, visit www.saskap­pren­tice­ship.ca or call 1-877-363-0536.

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