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What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)?    OYAP Logo

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 program.Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing the requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

The goals of OYAP are:

  • To provide students with the opportunity to start training in a skilled trade while completing the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
  • To enable students to make the school to work transition by direct entry into apprenticeship training;
  • To provide employers with the opportunity to train the skilled workers they require;
  • To encourage students to consider apprenticeships an educational Pathway for future career success.

How are students selected for OYAP?

The following conditions must be met for students to be accepted into the program:

  • Must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must have completed 16 credits.
  • Must have completed a Cooperative Education/OYAP application form and submit to the Co-op/OYAP office.
  • Must have a successful interview with a Cooperative Education/OYAP teacher.
  • Must either have completed the related subject, or must currently be enrolled in the related subject while enrolled in the related subject while registered in OYAP.



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