Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

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 Counselor.

Learn more about the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs:

Who is 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