The $1,000 scholarship must be redeemed within two years of graduation after a recipient has shown they are pursing a career in the skilled trades—either by apprenticing with an employer and completing Level 1 technical training, or completing a pre-employment program.
The scholarship is overseen by the Saskatchewan and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC), but most of the funds are provided by industry partners and the Government of Saskatchewan.
“The skilled trades are an option for long, rewarding careers to build bright futures right here in Saskatchewan,” Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “Skilled trade workers perform tangible, meaningful work, and the SYA Industry Scholarship is one way of encouraging young people to pursue that career path.”
When a graduate registers as an apprentice with the SATCC, their registration fee and first level of technical training are waived, and they receive 300 trade time hours. They also have a chance to get the YSA Industry Scholarship.
“The SYA Program is a great way to engage high school students and get them thinking about a possible future in the skilled trades,” SATCC Board Chair Doug Christie said. “The SYA Industry Scholarship rewards outstanding SYA graduates who are dedicated to pursuing careers in the skilled trades. For the past several years, we’ve been able to award about 100 scholarships annually, which reflects the strong support we’ve received from industry partners. This volume wouldn’t be possible without their generous donations.”