The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a secondary school cooperative education program that allows students to participate in an apprenticeship occupation, while working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. It is a school-to-work transition program offered through Ontario secondary schools. Full-time students in Grades 11 and 12 earn cooperative education credits through work placements in skilled trades
Senior Secondary students enrolled in a cooperative education course make the connection between what happens in the classroom and what happens in the workplace. It provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate curriculum expectations in an authentic “real life” situation.
Interested students must:
• have completed at least 16 high school credits prior to OYAP,
• be at least 16 years of age,
• have acceptable attendance records,
• be responsible for their own transportation to and from the placement work site(s), and
• be enrolled in school full-time during the program,
• be working towards the completion of all OSSD requirements
*All students who complete an OYAP Program will receive an OYAP CERTIFICATE
OYAP Co-operative Education Programs- this program allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a technolgoical career-related work placement. The program consists of a co-op course monitored by a cooperative education teacher, a related curriculum course in any subject and a work placement.
OYAP Dual Credit Programs - These programs offer students in their graduating year the opportunity to attend Conestoga College to complete Level I of their theory apprenticeship training. It also includes a co-operative education component.
Specialist High Skilled Major Programs (with an OYAP option) - The Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM) program offers students the opportunity to explore a specific community, economic and / or industrial sector, preparing them for post-secondary destinations. SHSMs include specified, bundled credits, sector-recognized certifications, 'Reach Ahead' activities and development of the Ontario Skills Passport.
Home Building Program - This program is open to all grade 11 and 12 students wanting to explore a career in the area of construction technology. For an entire semester, students have the opportunity to build a house from the foundation to the rooftop.
Apprenticeship - Students can register as an apprentice while still in high school.