Halton Catholic District School Board

New Apprenticeship Scholarship Program Announced for Electrical OYAP Students

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On Monday December 1, 2014, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Union 105 announced a new Apprenticeship Scholarship Program for Halton Catholic students interested in pursuing a career in an electrical trade.

Beginning this school year (2014-2015), an Electrical Apprenticeship Scholarship will be awarded annually to an eligible student in the Concentrated Dual Credit Electrical Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offered at Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School in Milton.

The announcement took place in the conference room at the IBEW Local Union 105, located on Nebo Road in Hannon, Ontario. Representatives from the IBEW, the Electrical Contractor Association, the Ministry of Education, and Sheridan College were present during the announcement. Representing the Halton Catholic District School Board were Mike Johnston, Pathways Itinerant, Mario Ferko, Electrical OYAP teacher, and retired OYAP teacher Ed Roche.

“This scholarship provides a fantastic opportunity for our students,” noted Mike Johnston, Pathways Itinerant for the Board.

Aldo Cianfrini, Education Officer at the Ministry of Education expressed his appreciation for the initiative, noting he would like to see a similar scholarship program exteneded across the province, offering the same opportunity to other students in other jurisdictions.

Steve Fox, Business Manager for IBEW Local 105, explained that the aim of the scholarship program is not to recruit electrical apprenticeships, but rather to add value to the apprenticeship program by selecting the best candidates for the positions.This year IBEW received approximately 400 applications for 50 available apprenticeship positions.

“Based on someone who went to college instead of starting an apprenticeship, the earning differential is pretty substanstial,” noted Mario Ferko. “This Apprenticeship Scholarship opportunity is yet another example of how SHSM (Specialist High Skills Majors) programs are benefiting our students, our community and the industry as a whole.”

For the original article on the HCDSB website, click here.