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Skilled trades and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Interested in learning about the skilled trades for students? You’ve come to the right place.

Check out our 5 Reasons to be a(n) . . . posters. For more information, contact Sean Pudlis, OYAP Recruiter/Experiential Learning Coordinator [email protected]

Visit the www.skilledtradesontario.com website for everything related to skilled trades and apprenticeships in Ontario. Includes digital copies of Skills Log Books, information on Compulsory Trades, training standards, etc. Constantly being updated and will soon be the one stop shop for registering as an apprentice, booking in-school training, etc. as new functions are added to the website.

OYAP Eligibility Criteria

  • Student must be 15 years of age or older
  • Must have completed 14 credits
  • Must be registered FT or PT in Secondary School
  • Must complete a co-op placement in a Skilled Trade
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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 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 of OYAP for students

  • Provides an opportunity to experience the skilled trades
  • Earn co-op credits, which are counted toward the 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)
  • Engage with potential employees  prior to hiring them full-time; 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.

 

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is an opportunity for students to learn valuable work skills while earning secondary school credits.  A cooperative education course may be based on a related course in which the student is enrolled or has completed and includes a classroom component and a job placement along with related activities that explore career/life goals.  A separate cooperative education course may be based on students’ broad set of experiences reflecting a wide range of interests to explore and investigate and who wish to design their own innovative or entrepreneurial opportunities that draws on their interests, skills and career/life goals.

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Secondary Curriculum

The K-12 Ontario Curriculum organized into documents by a grade level range and by subject area. Each document includes descriptions of the program, goals, and considerations. The achievement charts provide guidelines for assessment. Big ideas, overall expectations, and specific expectations are listed for each grade level and strand.

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NHHS House System

North Hastings High School is proud of its’ unique house system which is comprised of four Houses: Earth, Wind, Water and Fire. This system promotes and rewards participation in all capacities of school life: athletics, academics, leadership and the Arts. Students earn points for every act of participation and have healthy competition that doubles as school spirit. This system has become recognized locally, provincially and nationally, with presentations being shared at municipal meetings, board forums and provincial conferences. Attached to this house system is the unique Peer to Peer (P2P) Program, where Grade 9 student is matched with a senior student who is their mentor. These students work together at the annual Grade 9 Activity Day, as well as various other activities throughout the school year. This program is unique in providing mentorship for students as they enter and transition to high school.

NHHS House System is offered at:

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Junior Enrichment Development Initiative (JEDI)

JEDI is a 2-year, non-credit program, in which Grade 9 and 10 students are challenged to further develop their intellectual abilities by participating in leadership activities, cultural events and volunteer work within the community. Each year, the JEDI program takes part in several different educational tours and destinations include New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, Ottawa or Toronto. Team members also receive visits from many guest speakers who educate them on a variety of interesting subjects. The JEDI program supports driven and curious students in the Academic pathway, who can maintain an 80% course average. JEDI members are responsible, self-motivated students who work toward attaining a Junior Enrichment Certificate at the end of the 2-year program.

Junior Enrichment Development Initiative (JEDI) is offered at:

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Northern Environmental Research and Development Studies (N.E.R.D.S.)

NERDS is a four credit program which is offered to Grade 12 students in the second semester, every two years. This program is for students who enjoy the outdoors and who may be interested in pursuing a post-secondary college or university career in natural resources, natural sciences or environmental sciences. Students will be involved in a wide variety of projects which will include data collection, analysis, and communication of information as part of on-going monitoring and scientific research. In addition, there is the possibility of obtaining credits through the Loyalist College School of Biosciences and the Fleming College School of Natural Resources.

Northern Environmental Research and Development Studies (N.E.R.D.S.) is offered at:

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Life Skills Program (LSP)/Practical Learning Program (PLP)

These programs are for secondary school students who are typically identified with the Ministry Exceptionality of Intellectual – Developmental Disability (I-DD). Programming emphasis is on life skills, adaptive numeracy/literacy skills, and community/independent living skills.

Life Skills Program (LSP)/Practical Learning Program (PLP) is offered at:

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Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS)

The Northern Outdoor Studies class is a four credit high school program open to grade eleven and twelve students. The credits received are: Designing Your Future (GWL3O), The Environment and Resource Management (CGR4E), The Environment and Resource Management Co-op (CGR4E), and The Enterprising Person (BDP3O). Since 1997, this program has been preparing students for direct entry into the work force with employers in selected sectors such as: logging, resource and wildlife management, and ecotourism. Students study ecology, resource and forestry management, recreation services, community leadership, and other topics related to employment patterns in the area. The Northern Outdoor Studies Program has worked closely with industry to identify recognized training and certifications that students should achieve while completing their secondary school diploma. Before finishing the program, each student assembles their own portfolio highlighting the certifications, skills, and knowledge they have gained throughout the course. Employers in the community are actively involved in curriculum development, work placement initiatives, and the development of skills profiles for entry level workers.

Northern Outdoor Studies (NOS) is offered at:

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e-Learning

The Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is committed to providing access to appropriate programs for all our students. One of our innovative ways to deliver courses to students is through e-Learning where students may have access to courses that are not available in their home school. All secondary schools and Quinte Adult Education offer access to e-Learning courses. Some students enjoy the flexibility that e-Learning offers, and will learn transferable skills such as time management, organization, and work habits, as well as various technology skills. E-Learning students use a state-of-the-art e-Learning platform where they access course materials and assignments, and communicate with their teacher and classmates. Through collaboration with other schools across the province, we are able to offer up to 25 different e-Learning options each year. E-Learning may assist students to fulfill graduation requirements for college or university, or proceeding to the workplace.

E-Learning classes may be available to students where the course cannot be offered to the student in their school and where the student has been approved by their guidance teacher and school principal or vice-principal.

E-Learning Ontario is the branch of the Ministry of Education that oversees the Provincial e-Learning Strategy. This strategy provides all Ontario school boards, schools and students with access to digital learning opportunities and resources in four different areas: e-Learning, Blended Learning, Homework Help and Digital Resources (see Links and resources below for more information).

e-Learning is offered at:

Links and resources

Contact information

Registration

Course registration can be done through school Guidance Departments.

Other questions

Phone: 613-966-1170 extension 62113

Email: [email protected]

Last updated: June 28, 2022 at 11:28 am
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