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The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education (co-op) program. OYAP is an extension of the traditional co-op program, providing additional opportunities for students who are completing co-op placement in skilled trades.

Students may have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas. Students in a co-op who complete their placement in a skilled trade are required to be registered in OYAP.

Various OYAP programs are available in all 7 HPEDSB secondary schools. OYAP can provide funding for registered students for travel, PPE and specialized training/certification required for their placement. The program is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) with the sole purpose of increasing young peoples’ interest and opportunities to enter the skilled trades through apprenticeship.

DYK? HPEDSB averages over 1,000 co-op placements per school year.

Benefits for students in OYAP:

  • Provides students with an opportunity to experience the skilled trades
  • Earn co-op credits, which are counted toward your Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Use co-op hours for apprenticeship hours, graduating from secondary school with apprenticeship hours already accumulated 
  • Complete Level 1 In-School portion of apprenticeship during secondary school, when available
  • Get a head start on a career in the skilled trades by starting the apprenticeship journey while still in secondary school
  • Can sign a Registered Training Agreement (RTA) while still in secondary school, and become a registered apprentice before graduation

Benefits of OYAP to employers:

  • Provides students with an opportunity to experience the skilled trades
  • Offers the opportunity to train potential future employees with no up-front costs (co-op placements are not paid)
  • Ability to vet potential employees – if they don’t work out, there is no cost to the employer (training, PPE, etc., can be paid by OYAP)
  • Scout a great employee and potential apprentice who can be signed on before they graduate, guaranteeing a solid candidate coming directly to work after graduation
  • OYAP students who received their Level 1 during secondary school won’t have to leave the workplace for schooling in the first years of employment because Level 1 is already complete
  • The co-op program generally requires prior knowledge obtained through an applicable high school course in order to participate, therefore many co-op students participating in OYAP have previous experience related to their placement (e.g., students in a construction placement have previously taken woodshop courses, students in a garage have taken transportation, students in a restaurant as aspiring chefs or bakers have taken hospitality and tourism food courses)

For more information, contact:

Sean Pudlis, OYAP Recruiter/Experiential Learning Coordinator [email protected]

Curriculum Services [email protected]

Employment Ontario This program is funded by the Ontario Government through Employment Ontario.

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Last updated: January 19, 2022 at 2:50 pm
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