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 Cooperative Education program.
Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.
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 provide a viable solution to address the problem of skilled tradespeople shortages in general, and specifically the lack of young people joining the trades.
View the Ministry of Education OYAP Fact Sheet (PDF)
For details about OYAP at your school please speak to your Co-op, Technology or Guidance teacher and for further details please feel free to contact the School Board’s
OYAP Co-ordinator, Ron Aimola, 519-766-9140, Ext 1.
Book a Presentation
We find that students, educators, parents and employers all enjoy and benefit from our OYAP presentations. We offer the most up to date information on apprenticeships and careers in the trades. We are open to present to any interested community group.
Calling all Teachers
Our presenters visit elementary and high school classrooms (careers, co-op, tech), throughout the school year and offer a variety of customized presentations for the specific group. The various versions of our presentation are designed to be age appropriate, student-centered and relevant to the student’s school and personal experiences. Presentations are delivered by a highly qualified OYAP representative whose background includes personal experience in the trades, as well as the college and university pathways.
To book a presentation please call or send an email to:
- Ron Aimola
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program OYAP) Co-ordinator
- UGDSB and WCDSB
- Cell: 226-820-5425
- Office: 519-766-9140 ext. 1