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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) OYAP allows students to gain valuable skills in an apprenticeship through cooperative education. 

There are three types of OYAP students:

  1. ALL STUDENTS TAKING CO-OP IN A SKILLED TRADE - An OYAP participant is defined as a student who is receiving cooperative education credits for work experience in an apprenticeship occupation. The student may or may not formally register as an apprentice while in secondary school.
  2. ANY STUDENT TAKING CO-OP WHO REGISTERS AS AN APPRENTICE - OYAP participants can start to get their trade apprenticeship hours counted towards their apprenticeship if they are registered as an apprentice with their local Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) office. Student registrations are initiated through the students' Cooperative Education teacher at their home school.
  3. ALL STUDENTS TAKING AN ACCELERATED OYAP LEVEL ONE PROGRAM - Students can apply to a LEVEL ONE OYAP program through their Co-op teacher. Level One in school training is delivered through area colleges and give students the experience necessary to start their career in one of the many skilled trades. These courses teach the curriculum for the first Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) apprenticeship course as well as the Ministry of Education expectations. Students earn both college credits as well as secondary school credits in these programs. When not at the college, students attend their co-op placement as part of their OYAP program. Students in the Level One OYAP program have signed training agreements with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and their placement sponsor. This training agreement allows the OYAP apprentice to register as a member of the Ontario College of Trades and work toward completion of apprenticeship competencies in the training standards of a particular trade.
Fact Sheets for individual Trades:


How does OYAP work?

Generally, employers are approached by a co-op teacher from a secondary school, asking them if they would be willing to provide a workplace experience for an OYAP/co-op student for one semester. If an employer is interested in participating and has not been contacted by the school, he/she can call the OYAP Coordinator.

Students attend trade school (basic level) for 2-3 days a week and acquire hands-on experience in the workplace for 2-3 days a week. The program starts in February and runs until the end of June. Students are registered as apprentices and must be working with a qualified and/or licensed journeyperson. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have received their basic level of in-school (trade school) training, hands-on experience with an employer, and 3-4 co-op credits towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Students participating in OYAP may start their work experience in either the fall or spring semesters. During this period of time, students acquire trade-required skills through hands-on experience with an employer in that trade. Students do not receive in-school training while participating in this model.

View the OYAP Brochure.

Who may apply?

Students who are at least 16 years of age and have completed Grade 10 can apply for OYAP as a participant.

Students who are on track to graduate may apply to the Level One OYAP Program, where they will earn their Level One at a local college along with a dual credit. Students who have graduated secondary school but wish to participate in the program may still be eligible.

Level One OYAP requires an application and interview as part of the selection process. Students interested in the Level One OYAP program need to apply in grade 11 even though the program is delivered in the second semester of the grade 12 year. The program is highly competitive and requires applicants with strong math skills. Students must be up to date in their credit accumulation. To receive an OSSD, students must still complete all compulsory credits and other graduation requirements.

What apprenticeships are available?

PVNC offers apprenticeships in the following trades:

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

What are the hours and how many credits are earned in the Level One OYAP?

Students receive co-op credits for the time that they spend in their work placement, based on 110 hours per credit. These hours are obtained by working usually 18 hours per week depending on the trade. It is imperative that the student obtain a record of their completed hours from their employer on company letterhead at the conclusion of their placement for MAESD to validate their hours toward their apprenticeship..

What are the costs to students?

Transportation to the college may be provided, but students must find their own way to their placement. Books, equipment and in-school training are funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and the School College Work Initiative.

OYAP Forms and Program Information

  • OYAP Regional Level One Application Form (Application form to be signed by student, parents/guardians, Guidance Counsellor, and Principal (this form must be returned to the secondary school Co-op Education Teacher by the 3rd Friday of April each year).
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For more information, contact Margaret Murray, Student Success Consultant (OYAP Coordinator), at 705-748-4861, ext. 197.