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What is OYAP?

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and experience apprenticeship skilled trade career opportunities, starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12, through the Cooperative Education program.

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

What is Co-Op?

Cooperative education (Co-Op) is a structured way of learning that combines in-class learning with periods of actual work. This working experience is called a co-op placement. While on placement, you get to network with employers, gain valuable work experience in your chosen field, and earn academic credits that count toward your high school diploma!

If you are a student who:

  • Learns best by doing;
  • Enjoys working with your hands;
  • Shows a strong work ethic;
  • Demonstrates a courteous, positive, and responsible attitude;
  • And would like to explore career options while attending high school,

Then OYAP just might be for you!

To be eligible for OYAP, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years of age and in either Grade 11 or Grade 12;
  • Have successfully completed 16 credits.