The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to WorOYAPk 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 program.

Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.

By participating in OYAP, students:

  • gain on-the-job training and experience in an apprenticeship in a skilled trade while earning credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • accumulate workplace hours that count towards both secondary school co-op credits and the requirements of an apprenticeship program;
  • may have an opportunity to receive Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training or be eligible to write an exemption test for Level 1;
  • if enrolled in a ministry-approved dual credit program, may earn optional credits towards their OSSD for Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training.

How do students participate in OYAP?

  • To participate in OYAP, students must be at least sixteen years old and have accumulated a minimum of 16 credits towards their OSSD. An OYAP student earns cooperative education credits for work experience in an apprenticeship occupation.
  • In some cases, employers may formally register students as apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
  • Students may have the opportunity to be enrolled in Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training, delivered by a community college or another MTCU-approved training facility, OR may be eligible to write a Level 1 exemption test upon successful completion of a multiple-credit secondary school technological education course.
  • A student may participate in OYAP as part of a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program (see the Specialist High Skills Major Implementation Guide and the SHSM guides for individual sectors, at www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/studentsuccess/specialist.html)

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