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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Resources for Teachers

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows students to begin training for a career in the skilled trades. They must be entering Grade 11 and at least 16 years old.

Students can earn cooperative education credits by participating. They may also be able to register as apprentices and begin logging their apprenticeship hours. Work experiences may be available in a wide range of trades in the automotive, construction, manufacturing and service industries.

For example, a student who enjoys gardening could choose an OYAP opportunity leading to a career in horticulture.

Learn more at

Pathways to Apprenticeship: Options for Secondary School Students, 2017 (PDF, 1.63 MB)
This document provides key information about eligibility requirements, selection processes, benefits to students, and funding arrangements related to the various secondary school programs that, together or separately, comprise a pathway to apprenticeship.