HSAP for Students and Parents

The High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) Defined

The High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) is an on-the-job, paid, work-experience credit for high school students.  The purpose of an HSAP experience is to explore and/or pursue an apprenticeable trade.


Exploring trades is a necessary step for student to confirm whether or not they wish to pursue a skilled trade. Whether the student to pursue the trade or not, they have gained knowledge and skills to make their next career decision. A byproduct of this exploration is that students have gained practical trade skills and employ-ability skills. Students have also had a place to practice their math and communication skills. 

HSAP Benefits Students in Four Ways

  1. Student may earn from 1 – 8 high school credits. Each credit requires 110 hours of paid work-experience.
  2. Students who pursue a trade get a head-start meeting their post-secondary requirements for Apprenticeship Manitoba. All on-the-job work experience hours count towards Level 1 of their trade.
  3. Students get paid to train. HSAP students get 10% more than Manitoba minimum wage.
  4. On the job, student apprentices learn the skills and knowledge to become an expert in a skilled trade.

What is an Apprenticeship? 

An apprenticeship is a post-secondary learning option (on-par with college and university education) that puts most emphasis on learning that takes place on-the-job.  80% of the learning happens at work and 20% happens in the classroom.  This makes an apprenticeship a desirable career pathway because apprentices start learning by doing. Apprentices are also paid during their training.