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Ontario Youth Apprentice Program (OYAP) 202
Ontario Youth Apprentice Program (OYAP)
What is Apprenticeship?
Apprenticeship is a post-secondary education pathway. An employer uses training standards provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to become certified.
  • It is a hands-on training program for people who enjoy learning by doing and earning while learning.
  • The training provides access to jobs that demand a high level of skills, judgment and creativity.
  • 90 percent of apprenticeship training is provided by the employer.  10 percent involves classroom instruction on theory which is delivered at an approved community college or training delivery agent.
  • Upon completion of the practical and in-school components, an apprentice is eligible to write the provincial/interprovincial exam to become a certified journeyperson in a skilled trade
What is OYAP?
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a secondary school program that opens the door for students to explore and gain training in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education (Co-op). There are over 150+ skilled trades to choose from!
OYAP students become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas. The goals of OYAP are to:
  • Provide students with training in a skilled trade through their co-op placement;
  • To make the transition from school to an apprenticeship;
  • Allow employers the opportunity to train the skilled workers for their trade
Who is it for?
·         Full time students, 16 years or older, enrolled in grade 11 or 12 Co-op
What are the benefits?
  • Jump-start a career and use hands-on creative skills to earn a competitive wage
  • First step in a career path that can lead to self-employment, supervisory or management position
  • Earn hours towards apprenticeship and get high school credits at the same time
How does it work?
  • Select Co-op during course selection
  • Co-op teacher will meet with student to identify interests and abilities to determine job placement
  • Teacher will help secure placement
  • High school credits are linked to a related course the student has taken or will be taking
  • Co-op teacher, student and placement supervisor develop a Personalized Placement Learning
  • Plan, designed to match students’ strengths, interests and skills
  • Student learns skilled trade while on the job, working with a licensed tradesperson
  • Students will have the opportunity to be formally registered in the trade
Who do I see in the school for more information about Cooperative Education programs?
  • See Mrs. Nerling, Community-Based Education Head or the Guidance Department
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