Eighty high school graduates with career aspirations in the skilled trades were each awarded $1,000 from the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarship Program.
The scholarships provide financial benefits to the graduates and motivate them to explore careers in the skilled trades.
The scholarships were initiated in 2009-10 by industry partners and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). To date, 32 industry partners, including business owners, labour organizations, and two provincial government agencies have contributed $677,000 to the scholarship fund.
“These scholarships are a wonderful example of a public-private partnership that brings immediate and widespread benefits to Saskatchewan youth,” Economy Minister and Minister responsible for the SATCC Bill Boyd said.
“I congratulate the scholarship winners and I commend Saskatchewan industry for its initiative and foresight in supporting graduates to access careers that are well paying, in high demand, and key to the continued prosperity of Saskatchewan’s economy.”
The SATCC selects the schools that receive the SYA Industry Scholarship and the school selects the scholarship winner. To qualify for the scholarship, the graduate must complete high school and the SYA 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 SYA Program, or on how to contribute to the SYA Industry Scholarship Program, visit www.saskapprenticeship.ca or call 1-877-363-0536.
The following scholarships went to Yorkton students : Neil Prybylski, Sacred Heart High School, Welder
Blake Maddaford, Yorkton Regional High School, Electrician – Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric
Dylan Meszaros, Yorkton Regional High School, Welder