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Winners of Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship Industry Scholarships 2012


July 18, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

July 17, 2012 – 80 high school graduates with career aspirations in the skilled trades were each awarded $1000 from the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA) Industry Scholarship Program, which provides financial benefits to the graduates and motivates them to explore careers in the skilled trades.

The scholarships were initiated in 2009-10 by industry partners and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC). To date, 32 industry partners—including business owners, labour organizations and two provincial government agencies—have contributed $677,000 to the scholarship fund.

Among the 2012 SYA Industry Scholarship Sponsors are:

• EECOL Electric ($100,000+)
• PCL Construction Management Inc.
• Sun Electric (1975) Ltd.
• Saskatchewan Construction Association
• Merit Contractors Association Inc.
• GESCAN Division of Sonepar Canada Inc.

“These scholarships are a wonderful example of a public-private partnership that brings immediate and widespread benefits to Saskatchewan youth,” said Bill Boyd, economy minister and minister responsible for SATCC. “I congratulate the scholarship winners and I commend Saskatchewan industry for its initiative and foresight in supporting graduates to access careers that are well paying, in high demand, and key to the continued prosperity of Saskatchewan’s economy.”

Among the winners are:

• Wesley Tornberg, Electrician, Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric
• Jason Wilson, Electrician, Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric
• Sawyer Thies, Electrician, PCL Construction Management Inc. Scholarship
• Riley Gariepy, Electrician, PCL Construction Management Inc. Scholarship
• Catlan Van De Wiele, Partsperson, Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric
• Ryan Olsen, Electrician, Tom Leverick Scholarship donated by Alliance Energy
• Darren Wagner, Electrician, J.W. (Bud) McLellan Scholarship donated by Sun Electric (1975) Ltd.
• Ian Stecyk, Electrician, “Driven by a Passion to be the Best” donated by Gescan Division of Sonepar Canada Inc.
• Clark Nagel, Partsperson, Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric
• Cole Tenetuik, Instrumentation Engineering, Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric
• Jarrett Young, Electrician, PCL Construction Management Inc. Scholarship
• Donavin Rudnicki, Electrician, Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric
• Jacob Fayad, Electrician, PCL Construction Management Inc. Scholarship
• Morgaine Brewer, Electrician, PCL Construction Management Inc. Scholarship
• Curtis Mailander, Electrician, PCL Construction Management Inc. Scholarship
• Jordan Adilman, Electrician, Breck Scaffold Solutions
• Gloria Wolfe, Electrician, Hilda Szabo Scholarship Sponsored by Merit Contractors
• Matthew Janzen, Electrician, Saskatchewan Construction Association Scholarship
• Bryton Zerebesky, Electrician, Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric
• Blake Maddaford, Electrician, Jim Sinneave Scholarship donated by EECOL Electric

“The commission is delighted to award 80 scholarships this year—40 more than last year,” said SATCC board chair Garry Kot. “The increase in scholarships is due to significant financial contributions by the Government of Saskatchewan through the Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship program, and from growing industry support. More scholarships mean more youth will be working in the skilled trades to help meet Saskatchewan’s labour market needs.”

The SYA Program enables high school students to explore career opportunities in the skilled trades and obtain hands-on experience. Currently, 265 schools are registered in the SYA Program, with more than 3500 students participating. Since the SYA Program’s inception in 2006-07, over 11,300 students in grades 10-12 have registered and more than 3700 have completed the program and received certificates. Of this total, 475 have registered as Saskatchewan apprentices. To date, 36 participants have achieved journeyperson status.

SATCC selects the schools that receive the SYA Industry Scholarship and the school selects the scholarship winner. To qualify for the scholarship, the graduate must complete high school and the SYA program, as well as complete one level of apprenticeship or one year of post-secondary training in a designated skilled trade.

For information about the benefits of the SYA Program, or on how to contribute to the SYA Industry Scholarship Program, visit www.saskapprenticeship.ca or call (877) 363-0536.