In recognition of the fact that service to one’s country as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces requires sacrifices by not only those in uniform, but also their families who most cope with the challenges of geographical relocations, adapting to new schools and communities, finding new employment, trying to get a family doctor, and coping with long absences of the military member away on duty, the Helmets to Hardhats program has been expanded in scope to provide its services to the spouses and dependent children between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age. This applies to the families of serving members as well as former military veterans who released honourably.
The High School to Hardhats® (HS2H®) program is designed to raise awareness of the tremendous career opportunities that are available in the skilled trades, with an apprenticeship being a viable transition from high school into this career field. It also raises awareness of the existing efforts by different provinces and territories, that are designed to encourage young Canadians to consider such careers. In some cases, the pre-apprenticeship phase can begin during the summer between high school finishing years, and the vocational training may count towards high school credits. Several examples of this include the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) in Alberta, the Summer Youth Apprenticeship Programs in Nova Scotia, and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).
However, the single most difficult step towards becoming registered into an actual apprenticeship program, and earning a valuable Journeyperson Certificate of Qualification and the Red Seal endorsement (that provides accreditation across Canada) is becoming indentured by an employer. Through the services provided by Helmets to Hardhats Canada®, and the national network of unions and contractors that support the program, military dependent children between the ages of 18 to 25 years old have access to such indenturement opportunities.