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:

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:

Motive Power
  • Auto Body Repairer

  • Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer

  • Automotive Service Technician

  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician

  • Small Engine Technician

  • Truck and Coach Technician

  • Cook

  • Child Development Practitioner

  • Child and Youth Worker

  • Developmental Services Worker

  • Educational Assistant

  • Hairstylist

  • Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials Retailer

  • Parts Technician

  • Electrician - Construction and Maintenance

  • General Carpenter

  • Powerline Technician

  • Industrial Electrician

  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright

  • Welder

"I can use this course in my current Co-op placement and the next." * "The training was good, and I can use it right away."

Who to Contact:

To learn more about OYAP, please speak to your Guidance and/or Co-op teachers, or contact:

Rob Donaldson

RRDSB OYAP / Experiential Learning Coordinator

522 Second St E., Fort Frances, ON P9A 1N4

(807)-274-9855 ext. 5011

robroy.donaldson@rrdsb.com or oyap@rrdsb.com

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

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