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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is an opportunity for students to begin working on an apprenticeship in a skilled trade while still in high school. 

OYAP is a school-to-work program that allows students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.

Students in a cooperative education placement can begin to work on the skills necessary to complete an apprenticeship. Students typically do not receive a wage while in high school, however, they leave with their OSSD and concrete skills.

The goals of OYAP are:

  • To provide students with the opportunity to start training in a skilled trade while completing the requirements to graduate;

  • 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?

Apprenticeship is hands-on learning specific to a trade occupation. It combines on-the-job training, work experience and technical training that leads to certification in over 150 trades.

Apprenticeships can last between 2 and 5 years depending on the trade. While learning, an apprentice is an employee and is therefore paid a percentage of a journey person's wage. The wage increases as the apprenticeship progresses. That means you will earn while you learn!

Get your future pointed in the right direction with a skilled trade!


  • About 85% of what is learned is done through on-the-job training;

  • 10-15% is theory learning usually delivered at a community college;

  • Both components and a written exam must be completed to become a licensed journey person, or master, in the trade.

Useful Links

OYAP Postcard

OYAP Website

Youth + Jobs = Better Future Booklet

OYAP YouTube Video

Contact Information

Ashley Grant
Learning Partner, East Region
[email protected]

Lauren Levac
Learning Partner, West Region
[email protected]


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