Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

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Regular OYAP

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) is an apprenticeship program that enables students to learn a skilled trade while completing the requirements for their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).

This program involves a partnership with the student, the student’s cooperative education teacher and a local employer. If the student is registered as an apprentice, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) administers and regulates the agreement.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program provides the opportunity for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations in Grade 11 or Grade 12.  Application for OYAP is available through the school’s Cooperative Education application process.

All secondary school students are eligible to participate in cooperative education. Students apply to take Co-op during the regular course selection process at their school. Students who miss the course selection process should contact their Guidance Counsellor.
To Apply:

  • Select the Co-op program of choice in Career Cruising
  • Complete the following forms and return to the Guidance or Co-op Departments
    • Co-op Application form
    • Two Teacher Reference Forms
    • Parent/Student Information Form
  • Participate in an interview and counselling process by a Co-op teacher

Please note the following:

  • Students must be going into Grade 11 or 12 to apply for Co-op
  • Attendance records and teacher references are considered
  • Students must have alternate placement choices and be prepared to accept them if their first placement choice is not available
  • Placement expenses (e.g., travel) are the responsibility of the student and/or parent/guardian

An OYAP Student:

  •  is a Co-op student in an apprenticeship occupation
  •  is 16 years of age or older
  • has completed at least 16 secondary school credits
  • is enrolled full time in school

Benefits Of OYAP For Students:

  • Earn credits toward an OSSD while exploring a potential career within the skilled trades
  • Obtain important health and safety training
  • Develop essential and employability skills
  • Allows a smooth transition into post-secondary apprenticeship programs

Regular OYAP

  • Senior Technology Course  
  • Half Day Co-op Placement in Grade 11 or Grade 12


For more information, please refer to the "Program Info" tab above.


Concentrated OYAP

Concentrated OYAP

Grade 11

  • Prerequisite Technology Course
  • Co-op Placement (recommended)

Grade 12

  • Three credit technology course during first semester ( Includes Level One Apprenticeship Curriculum)
  • Half Day or Full Day Co-op Placement during second semester

*Concentrated OYAP opportunities include:

  • Automotive Service Technician,
  • Baker,
  • Cabinetmaker,
  • Cook/Chef, 
  • General Machinist
  • Hairstylist,
  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright,
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Welder 


For more information on the Concentrated OYAP Progams, please refer to the "Fact Sheets" tab above.


Dual Credit OYAP

This is a program for students who have career plans to become an apprentice. The program operates in partnership with Conestoga College, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU), and six local school boards.

The program will be offered in Semester 2. In this four credit program, secondary school students will:

  • earn two secondary school Co-op credits
  • earn two dual credits by completing two Apprenticeship preparation courses at a Conestoga College Campus
  • be registered as an apprentice and earn hours towards an apprenticeship
  • receive support from a secondary school teacher in the transition to apprenticeship
  • Students must:

  • have 26 secondary school credits with all compulsory credits completed by the end of semester 1 of Grade 12
  • have completed the related senior level technology course

For more information on the Dual Credit OYAP programs, please refer to the "Fact Sheets" tab above.

OYAP Program Information - FACT SHEETS

          Regular OYAP Fact Sheet

          Concentrated OYAP Fact Sheet

          OYAP Provincial Fact Sheet

          OYAP Red Seal Trades - Infographic Page

OYAP and the Ontario College of Trades

           OCOT (Ontario College of Trades)

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) establishes apprenticeship academic and on-the-job
training standards. As a result, OCOT decisions and actions may impact elements of OYAP.
Currently, under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA), all
OYAP participants are exempt from the following regulations:
- Wage rates and ratios: Employers are not subject to regulations related to wage rates and
ratios for OYAP participants.
- Practise of compulsory trades: OYAP participants are permitted to practice restricted skill sets
in compulsory trades.
OYAP participants without RTAs are not required to become members of OCOT. OYAP
apprentices (i.e. OYAP participants with RTAs) are required to become members of OCOT;
however, they are exempt from membership fees while in OYAP. In order for students to be
exempt from the membership fees, they are required to have signed and submitted the OYAP
Participant Application forms to the DSB.
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For more information about OCOT, please visit the Ontario Colleges of Trades website.
The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) is available online.

OYAP Dual Credit

          OYAP Dual Credit - College Apprenticeship Preparation Programs (CAPP)

          OYAP Dual Credit - Brick & Stone Mason (Level 1)

Dual Credit: Conestoga College - Exploring the Trades Programs

          Dual Credit: Conestoga College - Exploring the Construction Trades

Upcoming Events

Trade and Technology Events

           Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Video (December 2008)

           Overview - Skills Work for Women Networking Dinner (March, 2011)

OYAP Calendar of Events

Calendar of events supported by the OYAP program

September, 2016 to June, 2017

(Subject to Change)



School & Number of Students

 United Association of Plumbers, Steamfitters, and Welders Training Centre Workshops


Thursday, November 17, 2016

April 18, 19 & 20, 2017 (Pipefitting Competition, attended by St. Benedict's Manufacturing students)


St. Mary's High School

25 student spaces

 International Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Union Workshops


Tuesday, November 29, 2016


St. Benedict C.S.S.

25 student spaces


Grade 8

Explore Your Future Days

at Conestoga College


Guelph Campus

Tues., Oct. 11, 2016

Waterloo Campus

Waterloo Campus

Thurs., Oct. 13, 2016

Tues., Feb. 28, 2017

Doon Campus

Doon Campus

Wed., March 1, 2017

Wed., Apr. 26, 2017

Cambridge Campus

Cambridge Campus

Thurs., March 2, 2017

Thurs., Apr. 20, 2017


A total of 582 spots available for WCDSB Elementary Students

Steed and Evans Construction Day
(various construction sites in K-W)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(rain date: Thursday, May 18, 2017)

Open to secondary students (age 16 & over) interested in Construction careers


"Skills Work! for Women"

Career Exploration Event


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Event time: 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (lunch included)

Location: Frank Hasenfratz Centre of Excellence in Manufacturing, 700 Woodlawn Rd. W., Guelph

Busing & registration (at NO cost to schools) will be provided by OYAP Office.


Open invite to 40 female WCDSB secondary school students

Trades & Tech (TNT) Days for Young Women



Waterloo Campus - Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Workshops: Carpentry & Welding

Cambridge Campus - Thursday, March 9, 2017 Workshops: Electrical Energy & Architecture

Guelph Campus - Monday, May 8, 2017 Workshops:Motive Power (Heavy Equipment)

Open invite to all female secondary students

Participants must register in advance; lunch will be provided

Provincial Skills Competitions

Toronto Congress Centre

May 1, 2017 (WCDSB Elementary Schools)

May 2, 2017 (WCDSB Secondary Schools)

May 3, 2017 - Closing Ceremony

 Contact Leonard Bumbacco for more information

Skills Ontario - Young Women's Conference

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Event runs: 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Toronto Congress Centre

 Open invite to all female secondary students

National & International Skills Competitions



Gold Medal Provincial Winners

Manufacturing Day


Friday, October 7, 2016

Sign up through SHSM to participate in this all-day tour of local manufacturing plants. Lunch is included!



May 16-18, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario

Our Board may attend in 2018; check back later!


Open to all secondary & elementary students interested in Construction Careers


2016-2017 Secondary Workshops at Conestoga College
Shared Events Through School/College/Work Initiative (SCWI)

(Subject to Change)




Spaces available & Trade



Construction and Culinary




Tuesday, December 20, 2016




Campus of Conestoga College

Schools Attending - TBA

5 spaces - Culinary

4 spaces - HRAC
8 spaces - Carpentry/Roofing
6 spaces - Electrical

6 spaces - Welding

4 spaces - Plumbing

4 spaces - Masonry


Industrial Trades and

Media & Design

and IT



Friday, March 3, 2017



Campus of Conestoga College

    Schools Attending - TBA

16 spaces - Electrical Apprenticeship
15 spaces - Precision Machining
14 spaces - Woodworking

18 spaces - Media
30 spaces - Software Engineering









Thursday, May 4, 2017




Campus of Conestoga College

   Schools Attending - TBA

5 spaces - Welder/Metal Fabricator
5 spaces - Mechanical Systems Engineering 5 spaces - Mechanical Engineering Tech.
5 spaces - Electrical Engineering
5 spaces - Civil Engineering
6 spaces - ESE Electronic System Engineer 5 spaces - Industrial Maintenance Mech-Millwright

5 spaces - Food Processing


Motive Power



Monday, February 27, 2017


Campus of Conestoga College

Schools Attending - TBA

8 spaces - Truck & Coach Tech
8 spaces - Heavy Equipment Tech
7 spaces - Motorcycle/Power Sport
7 spaces - Heavy Construction



Networking Dinner



May 30, 2017




Female secondary students & their parents are invited to attend dinner & learn more about their DREAM CAREER

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Contact: Leonard Bumbacco for more info

Jill of All Trades

(A Day for Women interested in the Skilled Trades)



May 31, 2017


Cambridge Campus of Conestoga College

Female secondary students only

Breakfast & Registration 8:15-8:45 a.m.

Event: 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

(Free T-shirt and Lunch are included)




Apprenticeship/OYAP Websites

OYAP (Official Provincial Website)

Ontario College of Trades

Leave the Desk Job Behind (Ontario College of Trades)

Employment Ontario

The Apprenticeship: OYAP Game (Courtesy of the Toronto Catholic District School Board)


Apprentice search

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

Career Cruising

Conestoga College - Pathways to Apprenticeship

Conestoga College - Full-Time Trade & Apprenticeship Programs

Government of Ontario - Essential Skills Profiles

Government of Ontario - What is Apprenticeship?

Labour Market Information - "Working in Canada"

Made with the Trades

Essential Skills for Ontario's Tradespeople

Ontario Civil Construction Careers Institute (OCCCI)

RED SEAL - Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program for the Skilled Trades

Skills Canada

Skills Canada - Ontario

Skilled Trades "A Career You Can Build On"

Trade up for Success


Vector - Virtual Resource Centre

Work Smart Ontario

Wow Jobs - Ontario


EARAT (Evaluating Academic Readiness for Apprenticeship Training)

EARAT Program - zip file courtesy of the Georgian College Website

Index of EARAT Manuals

Job Search Websites

Jobs in Kitchener/Waterloo


HRDC Job Bank

Youth Resources - Jobs


Youth Jobs in Canada

BIG CAREERS at Toromont CAT (Truck & Coach Technician or Heavy Equipment Technician)


Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin

Video - Employment in the NEW Manufacturing

Video - Manufacturing - Dead or Alive?

Video - Opportunities in Manufacturing


Employment Ontario

Video - Becoming an Apprentice

Training Standards


         Ontario College of Trades - Trades in Ontario

         Ontario College of Trades - Online Training Standards

           Alignment & Brakes Technician - Training Standard
           Appliance Service Technician - Training Standard
           Arborist - Training Standard
           Auto Body & Collision Damage Repairer - Training Standard
           Automotive Painter - Training Standard
           Automotive Service Technician - Training Standard
           Baker - Training Standard
           Brick & Stone Mason - Training Standard
           Carpenter, General - Training Standard
          Cement (Concrete) Finisher - Training Standard
           Child & Youth Worker - Training Standard
           Child Development Practitioner - Training Standard
           Construction Craft Worker - Training Standard
           Construction Maintenance Electrician - Training Standard
           Cook - Training Standard
           Drywall, Acoustic & Lathing Applicator - Training Standard
           Drywall Finisher & Plasterer - Training Standard
           Educational Assistant (EA) - Training Standard
           Facilities Mechanic - Training Standard
           Hairstylist - Training Standard
           Heavy Duty Equipment Technician - Training Standard
           Horse Groom - Training Standard
           Horticultural Technician - Training Standard
           Industrial Electrician - Training Standard
           Industrial Mechanic Millwright - Training Standard
           Machinist, General - Training Standard
          Marine Engine Technician - Training Standard
           Motorcycle Technician - Training Standard
           Mould Maker - Training Standard
           Network Cabling Specialist - Training Standard
           Painter & Decorator - Training Standard
           Parts Technician - Training Standard
           Plumber - Training Standard
           Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Mechanic - Training Standard
           Restoration Mason - Training Standard
           Roofer - Training Standard
           Sheet Metal Worker - Training Standard
           Small Engine Technician - Training Standard
           Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setter - Training Standard
           Tool & Die Maker - Training Standard
           Truck & Coach Technican - Training Standard
           Welder - Training Standard