Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

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 Regional Level One OYAP Program offers a student the opportunity to earn high school credits, college credits, register as an apprentice, complete part or all of Level One apprenticeship schooling in a specific trade, and earn hours towards his or her apprenticeship training. Students will complete their in-class Level One apprenticeship training combined with a cooperative education placement in the trade. Prior to being registered as an apprentice, students will participate in specific trade related Cooperative Education work placements to determine their suitability for apprenticeship registration. Students qualify for Regional Level One OYAP programs in their grade 12 year. This is an exit program. DCDSB offers the following centralized programs:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Child Development Practitioner
  • Cook
  • Electrician
  • General Carpenter
  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Hairstylist
  • Plumber
  • Welder


The admission requirements for OYAP are:

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age
  • Applicants must be in grade 11 or 12, with 16 credits completed
  • Applicants should demonstrate an interest and aptitude in a skilled trade
  • Applicants must have some related course background in their trade of interest
  • Applicants must have acceptable attendance records and teacher references

Speak to your Guidance Counsellor or a Cooperative Education Teacher for application.

 OYAP Pathways

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