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What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)?   

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperat

ive Education program.Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing the requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

The goals of OYAP are:

  • To provide students with the opportunity to start training in a skilled trade while completing the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
  • To enable students to make the school to work transition by direct entry into apprenticeship training;
  • To provide employers with the opportunity to train the skilled workers they require;
  • To encourage students to consider apprenticeships an educational Pathway for future career success.

How are students selected for OYAP?

The following conditions must be met for students to be accepted into the program:

  • Minimum age to participate in OYAP is 15.
  • Must have completed 14 credits.
  • Must have registered for Cooperative Education/OYAP using My Blueprint.
  • Must have a successful interview with a Cooperative Education/OYAP teacher.
  • Must either have completed the related subject, or must currently be enrolled in the related subject, while registered in OYAP.


OYAP Skilled Trades Our recently created website is a  Skilled Trades  “ Hub”  providing information on how to become an apprentice and explore future career opportunities. The site will allow students, teachers and parents to gain better insight to these professions .

Resources include:  1. OYAP Information 2. Apprenticeship Website Supports 3. Great Video Supports and much more!


Pre-Course Orientation Planning for cooperative education

What Apprenticeships are there in Ontario?

Skilled Trades Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD) Find a career you wouldn’t trade. Learn how to become a tradesperson, find resources if you’re an employer or currently working, and get job advice.

Want to work in the trades? (MLTSD) - Prepare to train as an apprentice

Start an Apprenticeship (MLTSD) - Find out how you qualify and apply

Skilled Trades Ontario (STO) - Skilled Trades Ontario is a new Crown agency which operates at arms-length from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development responsible for skilled trades certification in Ontario.  Skilled Trades

Skilled Trades Programs at Ontario Colleges

What is an OYAP “Accelerated” program? (AOYAP)

Manufacturing Day (We Make it Here - Video Series) Our videos offer a behind-the-scenes look at modern manufacturing in Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. You’ll hear from people who work in manufacturing and learn about the many exciting career opportunities in this large, diverse industry.

Workforce Planning Board (Journey to Apprenticeship) Answers all questions on how to become a tradesperson

Experiential Learning Guide Workforce Planning Board

Epic Jobs "Jobs in skilled trades are cool" That’s the message local students in Grades 8 and 10 heard loud and clear at Epic Jobs in May in Brantford.

Apprentice Search Connecting Employees and Apprentices across Ontario

Apprenticeship 101 Whether you’re working in the trades or a budding apprentice looking for information, Apprenticehip 101 provides you the essential basics you need to know.

Careers in Trades Why consider a career in the Trades? Consultation with a Guidance Counsellor and your Co-op/OYAP teacher is strongly recommended.

Assumption College
Contact: 519-751-2030Moira Graham Ext. 14246, Michael Ricci Ext. 14329 )

Holy Trinity Catholic High School
Contact: 519-429-3600 ( Kim Maxin Ext. 16309, Blair Columbus Ext. 16408 Carly Slaght )

St. John's College
Contact: 519-759-2318 ( Jennifer Boluk-Svec Ext. 15235, Steve Penner Ext. 15236)

Co-op/OYAP Coordinator

Contact: Carmine Romano