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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
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What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program? (OYAP)

OYAP is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the Ministry of Education to provide senior secondary school students the opportunity to achieve their secondary school diploma (OSSD) and begin their apprenticeship training at the same time.

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Benefits to employers:

Increase the number of skilled workers in your industry!  Participation in the OYAP program provides employers with the following benefits:

  • Meets the need for future shortage of workers in the skilled trades
  • Provides the opportunity to work with a potential employee before making a long-term commitment
  • Enhances the community image of the employer/business

By training apprentices, the whole community benefits: the student, the employer and the local economy.

  • Financial incentives are available if student is signed


Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Do OYAP students count in my ratios?

A:  NO they are not.  Students are exempt from ratios.

Q:  Are students covered by Workplace Safety Insurance?

A:  YES!  The Ministry of Education covers the student under WSIB during the work placement.  If the student is paid, the employer provides the WSIB protection.

Q:  After the initial unpaid co-op placement, am I obligated to hire the student as a registered apprentice?

A:  The employer has the final decision.  The student must fit the employer's criteria as a potential employee.

Q:  Should the students be performing actual job functions?

A:  YES!  In the workplace, the student will acquire trade skills as outlined in the secondary school Cooperative Education Personalized Learning Plan and in the Apprenticeship Training Standards for that particular apprenticeship.  The student's participation will be limited only by legal regulations and safety precautions as judged by the employer.

Q:  How does the student get to the workplace?

A:  The student is responsible for transportation to and from the workplace at his/her own expense.

Q:  Who provides the necessary tools and safety equipment?

A:  Depending on the trade, the employer may require the student to provide his/her own safety equipment, tools or other equipment.

Q:  How old does the student have to be?

A:  Students must be at least 16 years of age and have completed 16 creditsto participate in the OYAP program.

Q:  Will I have support?

A: YES!  The co-op teacher and the OYAP coordinator will provide support.

How Employers Can Participate

STEP #1: Determine the company's present and future needs in the skilled trades' area.

STEP #2: Contact the Cooperative Education Department or Guidance Department in one of the secondary schools in the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board OR call the Education Centre at: 613-966-1170 to speak with the OYAP Coordinator.

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Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board
156 Ann Street, Belleville, Ontario Canada K8N 3L3
Toll-free: +1 800 267-4350
Phone: +1 613 966-1170
Fax: +1 613 961-2003

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2007 All rights reserved