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The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offers full-time secondary school students the opportunity to train as apprentices while enrolled in school through Cooperative Education placements. In the first year of the program (grade 11), the student is exploring the skilled trade The student is usually a registered apprentice in the second year (grade 12). 

OYAP allows students to complete their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and to gain apprenticeship training leading to a Certificate of Qualification with journeyperson status in a skilled trade. An apprenticeship is a hands-on program for people who want to work in a skilled trade and who enjoy learning by doing. More than 156 trade specialties exist, including automotive, construction, manufacturing, and service industries.

You can also learn more about what makes a good OYAP candidate and check out some great examples of students and teachers in OYAP programs below!



 General Info



Do you learn best by doing? Do you have a strong interest in an apprenticeship occupation? If so, then OYAP may be for you!
OYAP students must meet the following requirements:
- be at least 16 years old
- have completed 16 credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) prior to starting the program
- plan to complete the OSSD
- be enrolled as a full-time student during the program
Other suggested criteria to be an OYAP student:
- be responsible and mature
- be competent in math and science
- have strong communication skills
- able to committ to a 3-4 year training program
Why Apprenticeship?
- Apprentices are workers so they earn while they learn.
- In the next two decades, 40 per cent of new jobs will be in the skilled trades.
- More people in the skilled trades are retiring than are entering the system.
- Many peopled in skilled trades now make six-figure incomes with excellent benefits.
- The Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association forecasts a 42% vacancy rate for skilled trades by 2007.
- According to Job Futures 2000, more than one-third of the jobs created in Canada will require a skilled trade designation or a college diploma.
- Many skilled workers use their skills and experience as stepping stones towards other careers in management or go into business for themselves.


 Tool Belt Award


OYAP Tool Belt Award Winners

OYAP Tool Belt Awards are presented to OCDSB students in the OYAP program
who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their Co-operative Education placements. Students must be planning to continue in the trade by either apprenticeship with an employer (traditional apprenticeship pathway) or by entering a diploma program at a community college. Students also receive a bursary with the award. A school-based committee determines one receipient per school.
The student must: have completed all the requirements for obtaining an OSS Diploma, or an OSS Certificate;

  • have attained outstanding achievement in the view of their employers and Co-operative Education teachers in their co-op placement and have demonstrated dedication to pursuing the apprenticeship pathway.

Congratulations to all recipients!  


Weesam Farhat

Weesam Farhat -
Rideau HS (above photo with Mike Kisielius)
Christopher Clendinning - Sir Wilfrid Laurier
(Robert Simoneau - teacher)
Luke Magnan - West Carleton S.S (Dave Fobert - teacher)
James Logan - Elizabeth Wynn Wood (Doug Reid - teacher)
Ryan Miller - South Carleton HS (Mike Nesbitt - teacher)


 Star Award Winners


OYAP Stars

OYAP Star Awards are presented to OCDSB teachers for their ongoing work and support of students who are interested in pursuing apprenticeship programs through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. The OYAP program, in conjunction with the Dual Credit program is moving our youth forward in their career pathways. Thanks to all of our Cooperative Education and Dual Credit Contact teachers throughout the OCDSB!
Stay tuned for more "STAR AWARD" winners to be posted here soon!


Troy Milne 

Osgoode Township High School's Troy Milne Receives OYAP Star Award (2012-2013)

Troy received the OYAP Star Award for his ongoing work with the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program which supports students in exploring and registering as Apprentices during their senior year(s) in high school.

Congratulations Troy!


Lydia Hamilton 

Ottawa Technical Secondary School's Lydia Hamilton Receives OYAP Star Award (2011-2012)

Lydia's work to drive the OYAP / Dual credit program at her school is award winning! She has supported students within the OYAP programs - including Welding (held at Kemptville College). Her most recent "good news" item includes imbedding Dual Credits in the culinary program during Work Experience at OTSS in a "team taught" - condensed version. Thanks to Lydia and her willingness to "think outside the box", OTSS students are moving into the trades through OYAP! Congratulations Lydia!

Kevin Titley 

Brookfield High School's Kevin Titley Receives OYAP Star Award (2011-2012)

Kevin Titley is an outstanding cooperative education teacher and supporter of the OYAP/ Dual Credit program at Brookfield H.S. His experience, knowledge and willingness to "coach" students in and through their experiential learning opportunties are keys to student success at Brookfield - Congratulations Kevin!
Photo: (left to right: Jane Alexander (principal), Kevin Titley (award winner), Steve Collins & Jennifer Perry (VP's))

Kevin Brown  

Norman Johnson's Kevin Brown Receives OYAP Star Award (2011-2012)Kevin Brown, the Cooperative Education teacher for the Norman Johnson Alternate program, has received the OYAP Star Award for his ongoing work with the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and Dual Credit Program.  His enthusiasm and commitment to the co op program and his students is infectious. Congratulations Kevin! Photo: Sue Hemstreet & Kevin Brown



 JenOYAP West Carleton Secondary School's Jennifer Stewart Receives OYAP Star Award (2011-2012)

Jennifer Stewart, West Carleton Secondary School's Cooperative Education Teacher and OYAP / Dual Credit supporter, received the second of five OYAP - Star Awards.

Congratulations Jennifer!



Bell High School's Elaine Wright Receives OYAP Star Award (2011-2012)

Elaine Wright, Bell High School's - Cooperative Education Teacher and OYAP / Dual Credit supporter, received the first OYAP Star Award.

Congratulations Elaine!

Photo: Darryl Kicul (Bell HS - VP) & Elaine Wright




 OYAP News




Amy Brown

Amy Brown (OYAP/Dual Credit student) at this year's Battle of the Knives Competition - the grade 12 South Carleton student won a silver medal and the People's Choice Award!

To learn more about the Battle of the Knives Competition read the Otttawa Citizen article or Algonquin Times article.


South Carleton's Workplace Safety Competitor Stephanie with Mike Holmes at Nationals in Edmonton! Stephanie is a Welding Apprentice.

Amy Brown

Amy - OYAP Program Cook Apprentice at Algonquin College. Seen here helping out at an Ottawa Humane Society fundraiser at Brookstreet Hotel.







For more information you can contact your school's guidance counsellor or call our OYAP/Pathways Instructional Coach, at 613-596-8211, ext. 8697. Additionally, you can also contact the Ottawa District Apprenticeship Office (613) 731-7100 or the Training Hotline at 1-800-387-5656.


Videos & Presentations
- OYAP - Introduction Video
- OYAP - Live the Skilled Life Video 

- Appenticeship Prezi Presentation
Algonquin College Dual Credit Program
School - College - Work Initiative


Websites & Documents- Ministry of Education Website
Ontario OYAP Website
- Apprentice Search

- Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Guide