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Ontario Youth Apprentice Program (OYAP) and Accelerated OYAP 202
Ontario Youth Apprentice Program (OYAP) and Accelerated OYAP

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How Apprenticeship Works:  ​

As an apprentice, you learn a skilled trade on the job. You work with and learn from experienced, licensed tradespeople, and earn high school credits while you do it. Once you graduate, you can continue your learning in the trade and get paid while you do it.


  • Hands-on training program for people who enjoy learning by doing and earning while learning
  • Access to jobs that demand a high level of skills, judgment and creativity
  • 90% of apprenticeship training is provided by the employer.  10% involves classroom instruction on theory which is delivered at an approved college or training centre
  • Eligible to write the provincial/interprovincial exam to become a certified journeyperson upon completion of the practical and in-school components

What is OYAP?
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a secondary school program that provides an opportunity to be signed apprentice and earn hours toward their Level One Apprenticeship while still in high school.

Grade 11 or 12 students registered in OYAP have the option of continuing in their trade as an apprentice or attending college (accelerated OYAP) to complete their training – all while they complete their OSSD. There are over 150+ skilled trades to choose from!

Earn hours towards an apprenticeship and get high school credits at the same time!

Accelerated Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (Accelerated OYAP)​

Interested graduating students have the opportunity to continue to earn hours toward their Level One Apprenticeship and college level credits while also finishing their high school graduation requirements. 

Courses are offered in a college or union training centre from instructors who know the trade.

How to Apply:  

  • Select a 4-credit co-op course during course selection
  • Co-op teacher will meet with the student to discuss interests and abilities to help secure a potential job placement – we’ll help you with introductions to licensed tradespeople
  • Students will have the opportunity formally register in the trade to formally begin an apprenticeship or to enroll in the accelerated OYAP program in Grade 12

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