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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 place employment 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.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is offered at:

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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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Dual Credits

Dual credit programs are ministry-approved programs that allow students, while they are still in secondary school, to take college courses that count towards both the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and a post-secondary certificate or diploma. Students may earn credits towards their secondary school diploma through courses delivered either fully at a college in a congregated model, or within their high school as a team taught course.

The Dual Credits program 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: January 12, 2022 at 10:16 am
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