Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

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 Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Accelerated program

An OYAP accelerated program offers a student the opportunity to earn:

  • high school credits;
  • college credits;
  • register as an apprentice;
  • complete part or all of Level 1 apprenticeship schooling in a specific trade; and
  • earn hours towards his or her apprenticeship training.

Prior to being registered as an apprentice, a student must participate in specific trade related Cooperative Education work placement to determine his/her suitability for apprenticeship registration. Students qualify for Accelerated OYAP programs in their Grade 12 year. This is an exit program. We offer the following centralized programs:

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


Admission requirements

The admission requirements for an OYAP applicant are:

  • at least 16 years of age or older;
  • in Grade 11 or 12, with 16 credits completed;
  • demonstrate an interest and aptitude in a skilled trade;
  • must have some related course background in their trade of interest;
  • must have acceptable attendance records; and
  • a teacher reference.

How to apply?

Students can pick up an OYAP application form in our Guidance Office.


For more information about OYAP visit the following websites: