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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)?


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 their secondary school diplomas.


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 provide a viable solution to address the problem of skilled tradespeople shortages in general, and specifically the lack of young people joining the trades.


What is an Apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training, work experience and technical training.


-An apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who enjoy learning by doing and earning while learning.

-The training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skills, judgment and creativity.

-Employers provide about 90 percent of apprenticeship training in the workplace. The remaining 10 percent involves classroom instruction on theory which is usually delivered at an approved community college or training delivery agent.

-Upon successful completion of the practical and in-school components, an apprentice has an opportunity to write the provincial/interprovincial exam to become a certified journeyperson in a skilled trade.

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