Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) - Frequently Asked Questions R.A.P. Programs

Who can employ a RAP Apprentice?

  • Anyone who is eligible to employ an apprentice can employ a RAP apprentice.

How is a RAP Apprentice different from a regular apprentice?

  • A RAP apprentice is a high school student.
  • A RAP apprentice must be paid at least minimum wage.
  • The technical training is delayed until the RAP student completes high school.
  • Alberta Education is responsible for Worker's Compensation coverage for RAP apprentices while they are high school students.

Employer Benefits:

  • Builds a community based work force
  • WCB - covered by Alberta Education
  • Participate in the development of your future work force
  • Integrates trade training in high school education process
  • Develops employability skills, feedback and performance review
  • Assists with shortage in trades
  • Minimizes cost of training

How much time does a RAP Apprentice spend on the job?
The employer, the student/parent, and the school determine the hours of work.

  • In Grade 10, the majority of students begin working full time in the summer following Grade 10 year.
  • In Grade 11, students may continue as a RAP apprentice working after school, weekends, and holidays, and returning full time during the summer following Grade 11.
  • In Grade 12, students continue as a RAP apprentice working after school, weekends, and holidays. Many apprentices try to arrange their timetables to accommodate a half-day, or possibly even an entire quarter or semester at the workplace during the Grade 12 school year.

What are the entrance requirements?

  • Passing all classes and good academic standing, particularly in Math, Science, and English
  • Excellent attendance at school, good citizenship and attitude
  • Completed HCS 3000 - Workplace Safety Systems
  • ACSA (Alberta Construction Safety Association)  Online Safety course prior to placement

How do you get into RAP?

  • Apply through the Off-Campus Education Coordinator
  • You will obtain an application package. When completed you will return it to the office with an updated resume. If you qualify (marks, attendance, and citizenship are selection criteria), we will attempt to arrange a potential RAP placement between you and an employer.
  • While you are waiting for a placement you will complete the ASCA Safety course (Online).
  • An interview will be arranged between you and the potential employer.
  • If the employer hires you, all the necessary paperwork must be completed before you begin work.
Fast-Tracked (find your own employer)

Due to the connection with the employer, these are usually very successful placements. This method is strongly encouraged.

  • Research and select a trade
  • Find an employer who is qualified and willing to take you on as a RAP apprentice (friends and family are a GREAT place to start)
  • When you have a willing employer contact Ms. Farrar ( 587-220-4358 or at farrard@holyspirit.ab.ca) who will help you with the remaining details of setting up the placement
  • In order for you to work as a RAP student, you, your employer, and a parent/guardian must complete the Off-Campus Education contract and Alberta Apprenticeship form. Ms. Farrar must visit the site prior to your first day to approve it as a safe learning environment.
  • When the contract, forms and site inspection are completed you are ready to start your RAP.
  • These are usually excellent, long lasting placements as there is a personal connection between the student and employer.

    List Alberta Apprenticeship Trades
    Agricultural Equipment Technician
    Appliance Service Technician
    Auto Body Technician
    Auto Service Technician
    Baker
    Boilermaker
    Bricklayer
    Cabinetmaker
    Carpenter
    Communication Technician
    Concrete Finisher
    Cook
    Crane Hoisting Equipment Operator
    Electric Motor Systems
    Electrician
    Elevator Constructor
    Floor Covering Installer
    Gasfitter
    Glazier
    Hairstylist
    Heavy Equipment Technician
    Instrument Technician
    Insulator
    Ironworker
    Landscape Gardner
    Lather – Interior Systems Mechanic
    Locksmith
    Millwright
    Motorcycle Mechanic
    Natural Gas Compression Technician
    Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
    Painter and Decorator
    Parts Technician
    Plumber
    Power System Electrician
    Powerline Technician
    Recreation Vehicle Technician
    Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
    Rig Technician
    Roofer
    Sheet Metal Worker
    Sprinkler Systems Installer
    Steamfitter - Pipefitter
    Structural Steel and Plate Fitter
    Tilesetter
    Transport Refrigeration Technician
    Water Well Driller

Visit www.tradesecrets.gov.ab.ca for more information about the specific trades.

If you have any questions about the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) please contact the Off-Campus Education Coordinator, Ms. Devon Farrar 587-220-4358 or at farrard@holyspirit.ab.ca