How OYAP works
In Grade 10:
Students apply for Cooperative Education (Grade 11 Course Option Sheets) and complete a screening process (ie. interviewed by Co-op Teacher: see Section 2.2, p.14, Ontario Ministry of Education Policies and Procedures For Ontario Secondary Schools, Cooperative Education And Other Forms of Experiential Learning, 2000).
In Grade 11/12: “Regular Co-op” OYAP Participant
Students participate in a 2-credit (half day) or 3-credit / 4-credit (full day) cooperative education placement in an apprenticeable trade area – linked to the related in-school curriculum course(s). The supervisor is a licensed journeyperson in the trade / (co-op student designation: OYAP participant, EOIS). If the student demonstrates a strong interest in the trade pathway the co-op teacher can order the Training Standard for the trade from Service Ontario (publications). The OYAP participant can begin to record demonstrations of learning in the trade (specific competencies/skill sets) by having the supervisor “sign-off” in their Training Standard. The Training Standards (Ontario College of Trades) are integrated into the student’s Personalized Placement Learning Plan. Note: OYAP participants in grade 11/12 without registered training agreements are not required to become members of the Ontario College of Trades.
In Grade 12: “Regular Co-op” OYAP Participant Registered = OYAP Apprentice
The OYAP participant in grade 12 (see above) may be signed to a Registered Training Agreement (sponsored by supervisor) with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development / Ontario College of Trades. The registered OYAP apprentice can record demonstrations of learning in the trade (specific competencies/skill sets) by having the supervisor “sign-off” in their Training Standard. The Training Standards (Ontario College of Trades) are integrated into the student’s Personalized Placement Learning Plan. In addition to the above, OYAP apprentices gain:
- Membership in the Ontario College of Trades
- Exemption from Ontario College of Trades membership fees while in OYAP
- Exemption from requirement to be listed on the Ontario College of Trades’ public register
- Exemption from regulations and provisions related to complaints, discipline and fitness to practice
- Eligibility for Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training and exemption from the classroom fee (~ $400.00)
- Possible recognition of skills/hours from MAESD towards completion of a formal apprenticeship
- Ability to complete apprenticeship sooner
- Eligibility to apply for Loans for Tools program
- Support from the MAESD Employment and Training Consultant (ETC)
In Grade 12: Specialized OYAP Program: “Accelerated OYAP”
*OYAP apprentices (as above) may have access to **accelerated OYAP Dual Credit Level 1 programs (first level of in-school training) in their trade at Algonquin College (see Dual Credit Program website) at no cost (tuition). Scheduled for full day co-op (compulsory OSSD credits completed and/or on-track for graduation) – these OYAP apprentices can earn up to 4 dual credits by taking part in the apprenticeship training and college courses. Students enrolled in the program earn both high school and college credits upon successful course completion. Additionally OYAP apprentices may have access to OYAP Level 1 programs (non dual-credit) at the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus (ie. Truck and Coach Level 1; Welder Level 1). These are intensive programs and only those with sufficient expertise, readiness to handle the “college level” theory and commitment to pursuing the specific apprenticeship should pursue this route.
OYAP participants with an RTA applying to Level 1 programs in their trade area must complete a student application package (see co-op teacher for this package) to be screened for eligibility by OCSB OYAP Coordinator, Liana Pagotto.
- 16 years of age
- 16 high school credits
- full time student (Grade 11 or 12)
- demonstrated interest and career focus in a skilled trade
- a positive attitude and good work ethic
- co-op placement in an apprenticeable trade or occupation