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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program allows students to get an early start on an apprenticeship in a skilled trade.  Students have the opportunity to work towards their OSSD, while working with an employer in a skilled trade area through a specialized co-op program.  Students can participate in OYAP in two different ways:

  1. OYAP Participant- students get the opportunity to complete their co-op in one of the apprenticeable skilled trade areas.  This is an excellent opportunity to 'test' out a trade to see if it is a good fit.  Hours are registered and may count towards that trade if the student becomes an apprentice.
  2. Registered OYAP Participant - After becoming an OYAP participant the Employer may wish to sign the student to a registered training agreement with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).  This formal agreement allows the student to earn hours towards their apprenticeship while also working towards their OSSD. 

Please note that an Employer is not required to sign a Participant to training agreement

In order to participate in OYAP, students must:

 arrow be 16 years of age when co-op placement begins

arrow have successfully completed 16 OSSD credits

 arrow have a demonstrated interest and aptitude for the skilled trade

 arrow prior experience in the sector is recommended (Co-op or tech course) 

For more information, contact your

Co-op or Guidance department at your high school

This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Ontario Government

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Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

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arrow Employer Information
arrow Co-op

arrow OYAP Brochure

arrow Safety information for students working at summer jobs

arrow Life After OYAP Fact Sheet

arrow Red Seal Program Brochure


>Record of Cooperative Education Placement Hours for Apprenticeship Purposes

>MAESD OYAP Registration Form

OYAP Cards

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Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD)

Ontario College of Trades

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Phone: 613-966-1170

Toll-free: 1-800-267-4350

Fax: 613-966-6023



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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario Canada K8N 3L3
Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350
Phone: +1 613 966-1170
Fax: +1 613 961-2003

© Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
2007 All rights reserved