Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) is an apprenticeship program that enables students to learn a skilled trade while completing the requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

This program involves a partnership with the student, the student’s cooperative education teacher and a local employer. If the student is registered as an apprentice, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) administers and regulates the agreement.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program provides the opportunity for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations in Grade 11 or Grade 12.  Application for OYAP is available through the school’s Cooperative Education application process.
All secondary school students are eligible to participate in cooperative education. Students apply to take Co-op during the regular course selection process at their school. Students who miss the course selection process should contact their Guidance Counselor.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

To Apply:

  • Complete the following forms and return to the Guidance or Co-op Departments
    • Co-op Application form
    • Two Teacher Reference Forms
    • Parent/Student Information Form
  • Participate in an interview and counselling process by a Co-op teacher

Please note the following:

  • Students must be going into Grade 11 or 12 to apply for Co-op
  • Attendance records and teacher references are considered
  • Students must have alternate placement choices and be prepared to accept them if their first placement choice is not available
  • Placement expenses (e.g., travel) are the responsibility of the student and/or parent/guardian

An OYAP Student:

  •  is a Co-op student in an apprenticeship occupation
  •  is 16 years of age or older
  • has completed at least 16 secondary school credits
  • is enrolled full time in school

Benefits Of OYAP For Students:

  • Earn credits toward an OSSD while exploring a potential career within the skilled trades
  • Obtain important health and safety training
  • Develop essential and employability skills
  • Allows a smooth transition into post-secondary apprenticeship programs

Regular OYAP

  • Senior Technology Course
  • Half Day Co-op Placement in Grade 11 or Grade 12

For more information, please see your Guidance Counsellor or a Cooperative Education teacher.

Concentrated OYAP
Grade 11

  • Prerequisite Technology Course
  • Co-op Placement (recommended)

Grade 12

  • Three credit technology course during first semester ( Includes Level One Apprenticeship Curriculum)
  • Half Day or Full Day Co-op Placement during second semester

*Concentrated OYAP opportunities include:

  • Automotive Service Technician,
  • Baker,
  • Cabinetmaker,
  • Cook/Chef,
  • General Machinist
  • Hairstylist,
  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright,
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Welder

For more information on the Concentrated OYAP Programs, please see your Guidance Counsellor.

This is a program for students who have career plans to become an apprentice. The program operates in partnership with Conestoga College, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), and six local school boards.
The program will be offered in Semester 2. In this four credit program, secondary school students will:

  • earn two secondary school Co-op credits
  • earn two dual credits by completing two Apprenticeship preparation courses at a Conestoga College Campus
  • be registered as an apprentice and earn hours towards an apprenticeship
  • receive support from a secondary school teacher in the transition to apprenticeship
  • Students must:
  • have 26 secondary school credits with all compulsory credits completed by the end of semester 1 of Grade 12
  • have completed the related senior level technology course

For more information on the Dual Credit OYAP programs, visit the Dual Credit site.

In Second semester, 4 spots are available for 4 students interested in becoming an electrician.

This is a 4 credit cooperative education package with the IBEW. They prepare students for working with their contractors after an 11 week training period.

The students prepare at their home school by completing pre-placement activities, then transition to the IBEW for training. The semester finishes up with an all day Cooperative Education placement.

Check out the Fact Sheet for more information.

OCOT (Ontario College of Trades)

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) establishes apprenticeship academic and on-the-job training standards. As a result, OCOT decisions and actions may impact elements of OYAP. Currently, under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA), all OYAP participants are exempt from the following regulations:
– Wage rates and ratios: Employers are not subject to regulations related to wage rates and ratios for OYAP participants.
– Practise of compulsory trades: OYAP participants are permitted to practice restricted skill sets in compulsory trades.

OYAP participants without RTAs are not required to become members of OCOT. OYAP apprentices (i.e. OYAP participants with RTAs) are required to become members of OCOT; however, they are exempt from membership fees while in OYAP. In order for students to be
exempt from the membership fees, they are required to have signed and submitted the OYAP Participant Application forms to the DSB.
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For more information about OCOT, please visit the Ontario Colleges of Trades website.
The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) is available online.

  • is a Co-op student in an apprenticeship occupation
  • is 16 years of age or older
  • has completed at least 16 secondary school credits
  • is enrolled full time in school
  • Earn credits toward an OSSD while exploring a potential career within the skilled trades
  • Obtain important health and safety training
  • Develop essential and employability skills
  • Allows a smooth transition into post-secondary apprenticeship programs