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What is OYAP & Your Role

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.

The goals of OYAP are:

  • To provide students with the opportunity to start training in a skilled trade, at the actual apprenticeship level, 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 provide a viable solution to address the problem of skilled tradespeople shortages in Ontario in general, and specifically the lack of young people joining the trades.

Your Role

OYAP IS Co-Op. If you have students in skilled trade-related cooperative education programs, they are OYAP students – and they must complete page 1 of the OYAP Application Form. Completed OYAP Application Forms- page 1 must be sent to the Education Centre at the beginning of the semester to the attention of the OYAP Office.

How does the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) benefit students?

By participating in OYAP, students:

  • gain on-the-job training and experience in an apprenticeship in a skilled trade, at  the actual apprenticeship level, while earning credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • accumulate workplace hours that count towards both secondary school co-op credits and may count towards the requirements of an apprenticeship program;
  • may have an opportunity to receive Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training or be eligible to write an exemption test for Level 1;
  • if enrolled in a ministry-approved dual credit program, students may earn optional credits towards their OSSD for Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training.


How do students participate in OYAP?

  • To participate in OYAP, students must be at least sixteen years old and have accumulated a minimum of 16 credits towards their OSSD. An OYAP student earns cooperative education credits for work experience in an apprenticeship occupation.
  • In some cases, employers may formally register students as apprentices with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development ( MAESD).
  • Students may have the opportunity to be enrolled in Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training, delivered by a community college or another MAESD-approved training facility, OR may be eligible to write a Level 1 exemption test upon successful completion of a multiple-credit secondary school technological education course.
  • A student may participate in OYAP as part of a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program


 Placement Considerations:

When arranging placements for OYAP students, cooperative education teachers should:

  • ensure that a certified journeyperson is available at the placement to provide the student with on-the-job training that conforms to the MAESD-approved Training Standards of the trade;
  • draw on the Training Standards of the trade when developing the student’s Personalized Placement Learning Plan (PPLP);
  • emphasize trade-specific health and safety training in the student’s PPLP, and make the placement supervisor aware of its importance;
  • confirm with the placement supervisor that the student will have ongoing supervision at any worksite associated with the placement where he or she is performing tasks that are in the PPLP;
  • ensure that the placement supervisor is aware of any accommodations that must be put in place for English language learners and/or students with special education needs