Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

By participating in OYAP, students:

  • gain on-the-job training and experience in an apprenticeship in a skilled trade while earning credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Dioploma (OSSD);
  • accumulate workplace hours that count towards both secondary school co-op credits and the requirements of an apprenticeship program;
  • may have an opportunity to receive Level 1 apprenticeship in-school tranining or be eligible to write an exemption test for Level 1;
  • if enrolled in a ministry-approved dual credit program, may earn optional credits towards their OSSD for Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training.
  • 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 occuption.
  • In some cases, employers may formally register students as apprentices with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MCTU).
  • Students may have the opportunity to be enrolled in Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training, delivered by a community college or another MTCU-approved traning 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 Specijalist High Skills Major (SHSM) program.
  • See the Guidance Education Head in your school.