New Students of Masonry

To learn more about each of these programs and the next steps involved, check out the Go! brochure and the Apprentice/Trainee Guide.

Secondary School Apprenticeship Programs

Secondary School Apprenticeship is a career program that provides students with the opportunity to begin an apprenticeship while still in high school, and to earn high school credits for doing so.

It provides a smoother transition from school to work, and a quicker route to certification in a trade — and to the earning power that goes with it. SSA students complete up to 480 hours of work experience that counts towards their apprenticeship and course credits. SSA youth apprentices must be 19 and under and complete their SSA work based training by three months past graduation.

Like other apprentices, Secondary School Apprentices are responsible for finding an employer who will hire them and commit to their training as a sponsor.

ACE IT program

The ACE IT program is an industry training program for high school students. Through an ACE IT program, you can take courses that will give you both high school graduation credits and a head start towards completion of an apprenticeship program.

ACE IT programs are developed and offered as partnerships between school districts and post-secondary institutions, and classes are often taught at colleges. Local employers also get involved in the development of ACE IT programs, and students who complete these programs typically have very good success in finding employment.

Once you successfully complete an ACE IT program you'll get credit for at least level one of the technical training (in-class) component of your Industry training Program. And through work experience placements that are usually part of the program, you'll get credit towards the on-the-job component of your training as well. Or, enroll in both ACE IT and the Secondary School Apprenticeship program and you'll be well on your way to completing your first year of post-secondary education by the time you graduate from high school.

Pre-apprenticeship Foundation program at a college

Foundation programs are pre-apprenticeship programs that provide trainees with the basic knowledge and skills needed for entry into a particular occupation. They are typically conducted in a classroom or shop setting, and do not involve any significant work-based training component. As a result, trainees do not require an employer/sponsor to participate.

These programs offer a linkage to one or more apprenticeship programs and may precede enrollment in a full apprenticeship. They may also provide credit towards apprenticeship training. For example, many of the programs known as Entry Level Trades Training (ELTT) result in a minimum of level 1 apprenticeship technical training credit. To determine credit available for a particular course, please go to the list below and refer to the relevant program profile.

The Foundation Program consists of Level 1 technical training in addition to practical and essential skills related to the Bricklayer apprentice program. "Mason" means a person who places, repairs, bricks, concrete blocks, stone marble, pre-cast artificial masonry units, engineered masonry panels, refractories, caulking and cleaning, placing of damp proofing, masonry flashing, and such other work as is usually done by a mason.

Bricklayer Foundation students will be required to complete a practical assessment, as well as standardized examinations.

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