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Benefits of OYAP


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP):

  • Offers students a school-work destination with good job prospects
  • Allows students to start their post-secondary training program while they earn their high school diploma
  • Develops student connections with employers for post-secondary employment as apprentices. Note: employers who sponsor an OYAP participant (high school student exploring the trades) are exempt from journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio requirements and wage rates.
  • Is the recommended pathway for students who love to “design, build…create”


Through OYAP, students have the opportunity to:

  • Earn co-op high school credits for work experience during half-day or full-day placements
  • Enrich secondary school courses through trade related experience
  • Make important connections in the world of work which can lead to employment opportunities
  • Enter the work place directly after graduation
  • Begin a career in a skilled trade while in high school working towards their diploma
  • Develop trade-related competencies (based on the Training Standard for the trade) and accumulate hours toward a skilled trade* (*Ontario College of Trades recognized exemption from legislation requiring only certified journeypersons or registered apprentices to perform compulsory aspects of a trade and exemption from journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio requirements)
  • Receive Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) funding support (towards costs – safety equipment and training, transportation to work placements or Level 1 classes, etc.)
  • Potentially be registered as Ontario Youth Apprentices in their trade area (meeting Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development OYAP Administration & Accountability Guidelines) during their grade 12 school year and begin their post-secondary apprenticeship training program (Level 1 post secondary-apprenticeship training / curriculum session facilitated by MAESD)
  • Reduce post-secondary education costs by earning while learning (approximately 80 to 90% of in-school training is subsidized by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development)
  • Accelerate a young person’s career in a skilled trade by several years. Apprenticeship is post-secondary education!



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“You have an abundance of workers: stonecutters, masons, carpenters, and all kinds of artisans without number, skilled in working gold, silver, bronze, and iron. Now begin the work, and the LORD be with you.” 1 Chronicles 22.15-16