Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)?
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program allows a Co-op student to begin to learn a skilled trade while completing the requirements for a high school diploma. A co-op student may be signed as an apprentice with the employer at the time of their placement. Students graduate with a diploma, skills in a trade, experience in the workplace, and a head start in a skilled profession.
Who can participate?
Eligible OYAP students must:
be enrolled in school full-time
be at least 16 years old
have at least 16 secondary credits
be working towards an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma)
Preparing for OYAP:
Students interested in the apprenticeship pathway participate in OYAP by taking Co-operative Education where the work placement is in a recognized skilled trade.
Students intending to participate in OYAP should start planning early by:
researching the types of skilled trades requiring apprenticeships that interest them
researching the opportunities for apprenticeships in their area
ensuring they select and complete high school courses related to their skilled trade of interest
ensuring they select co-operative education in grade 11 and/or 12
speaking to a Guidance teacher to assist them in their research and course planning
speaking to a Co-operative Education teacher to assist them in securing a work placement that fits their plans
What Kinds of Skilled Trades do RRDSB OYAP Students Learn?
There are over 150 skilled trades in Ontario that can be learned through apprenticeship. Some of the skilled trades that RRDSB OYAP students have gotten a head start on in recent years include:
Auto Body Repairer
Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer
Automotive Service Technician
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Small Engine Technician
Truck and Coach Technician
Child Development Practitioner
Child and Youth Worker
Developmental Services Worker
Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials Retailer
Electrician - Construction and Maintenance
Industrial Mechanic Millwright
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