Regina, Saskatchewan — On June 25, the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC) announced the recipients for the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) scholarship program.
The $1,000 redeemable scholarships were awarded to 100 graduating high school students in 72 communities across the province.
“The skilled trades are essential to our province’s economic growth,” said Immigration and Career Training Minister, Jeremy Harrison. “The Government of Saskatchewan recognizes how important it is to build a diverse skilled trades workforce, one that is responsive to industry’s needs. Congratulations to the scholarship winners. We wish you all the best as you embark on your career paths.”
Simon Wolfe, a high school student from Carlyle, Sask., was one of this year’s SYA Industry scholarship recipients.
Wolfe is pursuing a career as an autobody and collision technician, however, due to COVID-19 curveballs, he is unsure as to where he will complete his apprenticeship training.
His passion for collision repair was initially sparked while working at Regal Autobody for work experience in grade 10.
“I wanted to go into Autobody because I enjoy working on vehicles, and I thought what would be better than making a vehicle look brand new again?”
Wolfe said he was very excited to receive the scholarship and it made him feel a little more relaxed about entering this next stage of life.
The SYA Industry Scholarships act as an incentive for students to continue pursuing a career in the skilled trades. The scholarships are not automatically awarded up front, students can redeem them by demonstrating that they are actively pursuing a career in the skilled trades within two years of graduation— either by registering as an apprentice and completing Level 1 training or by completing a recognized pre-employment program.
“On behalf of everyone at the SATCC, congratulations to the 2019-20 SYA Industry Scholarship winners! We’re so pleased you’ve decided to pursue careers in the skilled trades. Best wishes to all of you,” Chelsea Coupal, Director of Communications and Marketing, SATCC told Collision Repair.
To learn more about the SYA scholarship program, click here.