What is OYAP?

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 journey-persons 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 (OSSD)
  • 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

Did You Know

In the next two decades, 40% of new jobs will be in skilled trades and technologies.

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Pursuing a skilled trade takes interest, specific aptitude, skills and pride in your work if you are expecting a good career with a great future. Consider the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.


Every school in Ontario provides Cooperative Education opportunities for your teen to investigate the world of work. OYAP is both a demanding and a rewarding choice for eager teens.


Employers who have qualified journey-persons in place who are willing to provide students with supervision & training may qualify for participation in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.


Many more people in the skilled trades are retiring than are entering the system. The hardest-hit industries will be manufacturing, construction, petroleum production and transportation.

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This program is funded by the
Government of Ontario.