Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do OYAP students count in my ratios?
A: NO they are not. Students are exempt from ratios.
Q: Are students covered by Workplace Safety Insurance?
A: YES! The Ministry of Education covers the student under WSIB during the work placement. If the student is paid, the employer provides the WSIB protection.
Q: After the initial unpaid co-op placement, am I obligated to hire the student as a registered apprentice?
A: The employer has the final decision. The student must fit the employer's criteria as a potential employee.
Q: Should the students be performing actual job functions?
A: YES! In the workplace, the student will acquire trade skills as outlined in the secondary school Cooperative Education Personalized Learning Plan and in the Apprenticeship Training Standards for that particular apprenticeship. The student's participation will be limited only by legal regulations and safety precautions as judged by the employer.
Q: How does the student get to the workplace?
A: The student is responsible for transportation to and from the workplace at his/her own expense.
Q: Who provides the necessary tools and safety equipment?
A: Depending on the trade, the employer may require the student to provide his/her own safety equipment, tools or other equipment.
Q: How old does the student have to be?
A: Students must be at least 16 years of age and have completed 16 creditsto participate in the OYAP program.
Q: Will I have support?
A: YES! The co-op teacher and the OYAP coordinator will provide support.
How Employers Can Participate
STEP #1: Determine the company's present and future needs in the skilled trades' area.
STEP #2: Contact the Cooperative Education Department or Guidance Department in one of the secondary schools in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board OR call the Education Centre at: 613-966-1170 to speak with the OYAP Coordinator.
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