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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

You don’t have to wait until after high school to start your apprenticeship in the trades! The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) provides a way for students to begin their apprenticeship training on the job while meeting high school diploma requirements.

OYAP is a specialized program that enables full time students who are 16 years of age or older (minimum of 16 high school credits completed) to explore careers in the skilled trades (earning co-op credits in related curriculum courses) while earning valuable workplace experience in an occupation that requires apprenticeship before they graduate from high school. High school students may be officially registered as apprentices in their trade area (Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development) and begin their post-secondary apprenticeship training program.

  • over 200 skilled trades in Canada offer respect, opportunity and good pay
  • tradespeople earn 3.1% more than the average Canadian
  • careers in the skilled trades reduce accumulated debt load from tuition fees
  • all trades require intelligence and creativity as well as good literacy, mathematical and analytical skills
  • demand is rising quickly for tradespeople who have an aptitude in technology
  • in 2015, the government estimates that almost half the workforce (48%) will be between the ages of 45-64. This suggests tremendous opportunities for young people interested in the trades
  • the construction industry in Ontario is expected to rise by 43,000 workers from 2012 to 2020. An estimated 60,000 workers will be required to fill the anticipated labour shortage
  • Canada is set to have a shortfall of 1.5 million workers in the skilled trades by 2016