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Benefits for Students

OYAP benefits students by providing:
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.