Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

You can start an apprenticeship while still in high school!

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows students to get an early start on an apprenticeship in a skilled trade. Students have the opportunity to work towards their OSSD, while working with an employer in a skilled trade area through a specialized co-op program. Students can participate in OYAP in two different ways:

1. OYAP/Co-op - students get the opportunity to complete their co-op in any of the skilled trade areas. This is an excellent opportunity to 'test' out a trade to see if it's right for you!

2. Registered OYAP/Co-op - students will continue their co-op placement in a skilled trade area AND may also be registered as an apprentice with the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (Apprenticeship Branch). The hours completed at co-op will count towards the completion of your apprenticeship program.

For more information, contact your Co-op or Guidance department.

In order to participate in OYAP, students must:

  • be 16 years of age when co-op placement begins
  • have successfully completed 16 OSSD credits
  • have a demonstrated interest and aptitude for the skilled trade