A program for youth (ages 16 to 24) currently enrolled in secondary education or pursuing a high school equivalency, including those with disabilities, that include, at minimum, the following:
- 450 hours of paid on-the-job training under the supervision of a mentor.
- At least two semesters of related instruction that ideally counts towards a high school and/or postsecondary credential but minimally leads to an industry credential.
- Ongoing and final assessments measuring success in mastering skill standards.
- Career exploration, where participants learn about several positions within the employer and the field.
- Wraparound supports (e.g. case management and counseling) and holistic upskilling (e.g. technical skills and soft skills).
- Support to apply for one or more of the following upon successfully completing the program: entry-level employment, admission to a registered or non-registered apprenticeship program, or admission to other articulated postsecondary education options (including 2- and 4-year programs).