The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offers Ontario secondary school students the opportunity to train as registered apprentices while enrolled in school. It allows a student to complete his or her Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and to gain apprenticeship training towards a Certificate of Qualification with journeyperson status in a skilled trade.

Benefits to Youth

  • Students earn credits towards an OSSD, while hours worked on the job are applied to journeyperson certification.
  • Doors are kept open. Students who find they are not suited to the trades can return to a regular school program after one semester with no penalty.
  • Students earn a percentage of a journeyperson's wage during the on-the-job portion of the program.
  • Students may gain exemption from some of the regular apprenticeship training courses by participating in OYAP.

Who Is Eligible?

  • Students who are at least 16 years of age and have completed Grade 10 can apply.

Education Requirements

  • Students must complete a minimum of three in-school credits per year.
  • Schools are required to monitor the program offered in the workplace to ensure that it meets secondary school credit requirements.
  • To receive an OSSD, students still must complete all compulsory credits.

Apprenticeship Requirements

  • Students must be employed with a qualified employer.
  • Students must fulfill all requirements of an apprenticeship program including the in-school portion unless an exemption is specifically negotiated.
  • The students progress will be monitored by training consultants from the Ministry of Education and Training, to ensure that industry standards and training requirements are being met.

How to Apply

Contact your schools Student Services/COOP Department for more information.

For more information contact your local school's Cooperative Education or OYAP Teacher or visit http://www.oyaphwcdsb.com.