Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program


What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Through OYAP cooperative education, secondary students can register as apprentices while they are still in high school. Through an apprenticeship students will gain hands-on training while they are working towards a certification. It is a great choice for students who enjoy learning by doing. Apprenticeship training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill, judgment and creativity.


Every year, our high schools successfully register numerous students in the OYAP program. Between the ages of 16 and 18,our students are able to start their apprenticeships while they are still working toward their high school diploma. Some of our former students finished their apprenticeships and were writing their certification exams when they were only 20 or 21 years old – this is an amazing feat.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is hands-on training and certification for people who enjoy learning by doing. The training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skill,judgment and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience and their wages increase with their level of skills.

Why choose the skilled trades and apprenticeship?

  • It is estimated by the year 2020 Canada will need 1,000,000 more skilled trades people
  • A current shortage is expected to become more evident in the next five to ten years as thousands of certified journey-persons reach retirement age
  • Approximately 50% of secondary school graduates do not move immediately to college or university
  • Apprentices earn wages while learning their trade
  • Many licensed tradespeople earn more than $50,000 per year and have their own business .

Parents, students and teachers are encouraged to visit our OYAP website to get more detailed information or contact our OYAP Teacher Steacy Hinton at (705) 722-3555 ext. 281 or e-mail shinton@smcdsb.on.ca