RAP (Registered Apprenticeship Program) students are both full-time students and registered apprentices. The students take their courses such as English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math, in order to obtain their Alberta High School Diploma or Certificate of Achievement. The RAP apprenticeship ends when the RAP apprentice finishes high school. The RAP apprentice is then automatically registered as a regular apprentice, and the credit earned while in the RAP program is applied to his/her apprenticeship. A RAP student is expected to continue his or her apprenticeship after graduating from senior high school.
Who may take part in RAP?
- Any senior high school student 15 years of age or older.
- The apprentice must be punctual, able to complete tasks as assigned, and observe all safety regulations and other rules of their employer.
When are the hours completed for RAP?
The time a RAP student spends at school and on the work site can be quite flexible.
The student, school and employer jointly agree on a suitable schedule.
The student might work as a RAP apprentice for a semester, for half of each school day, or for one or two days per week, or during summers, holidays and weekends.
What are the regulations that governs apprenticeship in Alberta?
- Students are considered to be regular apprentices
- Students must be employed by a qualified employer and supervised by a qualified journeyman
- Students must be paid at least minimum wage
- Apprenticeship and Industry Training staff will monitor and evaluate work placements and monitor RAP students
Are there any prerequisites to RAP?
- Similar to Work Experience credits, RAP students are required to complete HCS3000, a one credit course, based on Workplace Safety Systems.
- The parent/guardian must give informed consent for the student to participate in RAP.
What is the process to begin RAP?
- The student must state an interest in the trades and demonstrate readiness to enter a trade.
- The student identifies an employer who is willing to accept him or her as an apprentice.
- The school must ensure all RAP work sites are inspected and approved.
- Only when an employer has been identified, the student has made a commitment to learning a specific trade, and the student has received approval from the school, the following must be followed:
- The student obtains an Apprenticeship Application and Contract
- The student completes and submits the application to Apprenticeship and Industry Training - note that there is an application fee of $35.00
- Ms. Durling will complete and attach a copy of the RAP Verification Form to the student’s application
- Once Apprenticeship and Industry Training has approved the employer and worksite, the student receives notification and the Blue Book. The school will receive the Verification Form from Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
- Ms. Durling will ensure the student is properly registered as an apprentice
How do I earn credits?
- A RAP student can earn up to 1000 hours of time credits toward an apprenticeship, and simultaneously earn up to 40 credits toward senior high school diploma requirements.
- Note that each 25 hours of time is worth 1 credit.
- Students will receive a mark for their RAP course based on the following criteria:
- Employer Evaluation 60%
- Student Journal 30%
- Self-Evaluation 10%
When does the employer evaluation and student evaluation need to be completed?
- Make sure your Employer Evaluation and Student Evaluation form are completed every 125 hours or each semester (whichever comes first).
- Monitor your hours and notify Ms. Durling, as well as your employer, when you are approaching each 125 hour evaluation period.
It is the responsibility of the RAP student to stay in contact with the Off-Campus Coordinator (Ms. Durling) on a regular basis. This would be for any changes to RAP status, workplace issues or problems, or changes to your Registration information.
If you have any questions regarding the Registered Apprenticeship Program, please feel free to contact Ms. Durling at email@example.com or by phone at (780) 956 3851.