Elk Island Public School (EIPS) students looking to enter the trades have some unique opportunities.
 
The Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP), gives students a chance to work as an apprentice in a trade, while also gaining high school credits.
 
"Students work in their spare time throughout the school year, as well as full-time in the summer," said EIPS director of learning services, Joseph Clark.
 
Depending on the trade, students may qualify for pay, in which case they will be paid according to the standards of the Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board.
 
Some of the most popular trades include welding, mechanics, and insulation.
 
Lesser known professions in trades include communication technician, boilermaker, millwright, and landscape horticulturist.
 
"There's a trade for just about everybody," said Clark.
 
One advantage of the RAP program is easier access to post-secondary education in the trades. Trades can also give students the opportunity for entrepreneurship.
 
EIPS will be holding an information session on registered apprenticeships on Thursday (Feb.22).
 
This year's EIPS RAP Information Session has a special focus on getting women involved in the trades.
 
"My advice for other people, especially females, who want to go into the trades is to not be scared, to face it head on and embrace it. In the end, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain," said former EIPS RAP student Azra-Ann Anderson-Milot.
 
The event, intended for students in grades 10-12, will be held at Salisbury Composite High School.

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