Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs

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The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offers full-time secondary school students the opportunity to train as apprentices while enrolled in school through Cooperative Education placements. In the first year of the program (grade 11), the student is exploring the skilled trade The student is usually a registered apprentice in the second year (grade 12).

OYAP allows students to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and to gain apprenticeship training leading to a Certificate of Qualification with journeyperson status in a skilled trade. An apprenticeship is a hands-on program for people who want to work in a skilled trade and who enjoy learning by doing. More than 156 trade specialties exist, including automotive, construction, manufacturing, and service industries.

You can also learn more about what makes a good OYAP candidate and check out some great examples of students and teachers in OYAP programs below!

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