|Opportunities to explore tentative career choices that could lead to a meaningful career||
“I was an OYAP student, signed as a General Machinist in grade 11 to Orillia Tool & CNC. Thirteen years later, when the owner retired, I bought the business from him.” (Justin Rich)
“I was an OYAP student and became a licensed hairstylist before I turned 21. I’m now teaching what I love at my old school.” (Heather Spence)
|Increased awareness of workplace demands/needs|
|Specialized and general transferable, employability skills.|
|Placements that allow students to acquire hours and competencies toward the total hours required for that particular apprenticeship, thus reducing post- secondary qualification time.|
|Opportunities to apply classroom theory to workplace experience|
|A network for future employment. (Gets your foot in the door of a potential employer/trainer to prove yourself.)|
|Smoother school-to-work transition by getting you started into the skilled trades at an earlier age.|
Opportunities to gain work experience and high-tech skills in preparation for the basic level one exemption test.
|Increased safety awareness and first aid skills|
Increased opportunities for part time employment.
- Only students enrolled in OYAP can perform restricted skill sets (compulsory trades)
- Only OYAP students with RTAs are eligible for Level 1 in-school training
At the end of the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, students earn a high school diploma and have a great head start toward a career in a skilled trade. Students may choose to stay with the co-op company, open a business or use the experience as a jump start to further education in technology or engineering at a college or university.