Questions from Students

Can I start my apprenticeship while I am still in high school?

Yes. OYAP gives full-time students who are at least 16 years old and who have completed 16 credits the opportunity to earn a high school diploma while working towards an apprenticeship through a cooperative education placement.

Can a Grade 12 student apply for OYAP?

Yes. Grade 12 students may apply for regular co-op OYAP, or, in some cases, “accelerated” OYAP.

How long is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program?

Students may start OYAP in Grade 11 or Grade 12.

Am I responsible for my own transportation to the workplace?

Yes. you are responsible. However, you will not be denied access to OYAP because you cannot afford the additional costs. Please see your Guidance Counsellor or Co-op Teacher for assistance.

What happens if I decide to leave the apprenticeship program?

You may find out that you are not suited to an apprenticeship. Depending on the timing within the school year, you may return to a regular program. If it is not possible to return to the regular program, you may be advised to complete the semester so that you do not lose your credits.

Am I protected with Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage?

Yes. You are covered under WSIB by the Ministry of Education during the cooperative education placement. This coverage is documented in the form of a Work Education Agreement which is signed by the employer, student, parent and teacher prior to starting at your placement. When an OYAP student is paid, the employer is responsible for providing WSIB protection.