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:
- 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.
- 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:
be 16 years of age when co-op placement begins
have successfully completed 16 OSSD credits
have a demonstrated interest and aptitude for the skilled trade
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
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
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