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OYAP: General Information
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 ensure that an apprentice becomes competent.
  • An apprenticeship 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.
  • Employers provide about 90 percent of apprenticeship training in the workplace. The remaining 10 percent involves classroom instruction on theory which is usually delivered at an approved community college or training delivery agent.
  • Upon successful completion of the practical and in-school components, an apprentice has an opportunity to write the provincial/interprovincial exam to become a certified journeyperson in a skilled trade
  • For more information about apprenticeships in Ontario please visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website.
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SHSM: General Information

A Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) is a specialized program which allows students to experience a range of customized, career-focused learning opportunities while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The Ministry of Education has developed SHSM programs for many of the industry and business sectors in the province and has authorized the York Region District School Board to offer SHSM programs in ten of these sectors.

Students now have the opportunity to customize their high school experience, explore new ways of learning and 'reach ahead' to their post-secondary destination of choice (apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace). Learn how your child can take advantage of these vibrant and exciting programs by browsing our website or contacting the guidance department at your local secondary school. 

Want to Know More?

For more information on specific SHSM programs please contact the guidance or cooperative education department at your secondary school

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