Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) 


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Students in grade 11 and 12 will have the opportunity to complete their high school diploma, at the same time as participating in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). In order to be part of the OYAP program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. are at least 16 years of age
  2. have completed a minimum of 16 credits
  3. currently a full-time student
  4. taking co-operative education in an apprenticeable trade

Join the Program!

To be part of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, students can take co-op at their home school in an apprenticeable trade and tell their co-op teacher about their interest in the OYAP program. Once in co-op, students can speak to their co-op employer and tell them they would like to receive credit for the hours they have worked in co-op.

Please note: If the employer agrees to participate in the co-op program, students can let their co-op teacher know that they would like to be registered.

The co-op teacher will ask students to fill out a form that will have to be signed by the student and parent (if student is under the age of 18). This form is then given to the co-op teacher. In about a week, students should receive additional forms (the training agreements) that will need to be signed by the student (apprentice), the parent (if student is under 18) and the employer.

All three copies of this form are then returned to the co-op teacher and are sent off to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) office. The papers are processed and the MAESD will send the student a card in 6-8 weeks with their apprenticeship number. Once the student graduates from high school, the student MUST send their proof of graduation to the local MAESD office.

For more information on OYAP and the application process, please contact Mike Johnston, Curriculum Consultant at: johnstonm@hcdsb.org​ or 905-632-6300, ext. 274.

Concentrated OYAP

Students will take a number of courses in a specialized area and complete a 2 credit co-op course. Participants will learn from a certified journeyperson for a specific number of hours.

A typical apprentice, completes their high school diploma, gets signed on as an apprentice, and goes to college to complete Levels 1, 2 and possibly 3 of their apprenticeship training. They will then need to complete between 6,000 - 10,000 hours working with a journeyperson. This could cost several thousand dollars. However, students who participate in the Concentrated OYAP programs can access the same learning and training opportunities for a fraction of the cost ($250), and in a shorter time period!

OYAP students will often have the opportunity to complete Part 1 of their training and use the hours towards their apprenticeship. Go to http://www.schooltocareer.ca for more information.

Concentrated OYAP Programs Running in Halton

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