What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program?




OYAP is a specialized program in high school that allows you to explore apprenticeship and consider careers in the skilled trades, generally starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the cooperative education program.

You have so many options

Child and youth worker, automotive service technician, welder, and general carpenter are only a few examples of apprenticeship trades available to you.

Tell me about my options

Get a jump start

You can jump start your career by counting your co-op/OYAP hours towards your apprenticeship! Visit student services or the cooperative education teacher in your school to learn more!

There’s a skilled trade for everyone

OYAP allows you to explore and find the right career for you. And if you discover you want to change direction you can, because many skills are transferable.

Achieve excellence through hands-on learning

Hands-on learning activates more parts of the brain and is great for retention. The apprenticeship pathway combines in-class and on-the-job training opportunities to maximize learning and skill development.

Why apprenticeship?

For money, growth, to pursue your passion, or learn technology – there are many reasons to try an apprenticeship trade through OYAP!

Want to learn more about OYAP in your region?