• 90 Ontario Avenue | Sault Ste. Marie, ON | P6B 6G7
  • 705.945.5400 | 1.800.267.0754


Holy Angels Learning Centre

Principal – Larry Pezzutto

Phone: 705.945.5656 Fax: 705.945.5589 | Larry.Pezzutto@hscdsb.on.ca

Secretary – Maria Adamo

Phone: 705.945.5685

The goal of this department is to enhance learning opportunities for students who are looking at careers in the skilled trades. There is a great demand for tradespeople across Canada and around the world. Through CO-OP and OYAP youth can prepare themselves for a rewarding career in the trades by getting on the job experience in an apprenticeship role at local businesses and industries.

What is OYAP?

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) 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.

By participating in OYAP, students:

  • gain on-the-job training and experience in an apprenticeship in a skilled trade while earning credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • accumulate workplace hours that count towards both secondary school co-op credits and the requirements of an apprenticeship program;
  • may have an opportunity to receive Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training or be eligible to write an exemption test for Level 1;
  • if enrolled in a ministry-approved dual credit program, may earn optional credits towards their OSSD for Level 1 apprenticeship in-school training.

What is Cooperative Education (Co-op)

  • Cooperative Education is a ministry-approved program that allows students to earn secondary school credits while completing a 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.
  • Students can apply two co-op credits towards their compulsory high school graduation requirements, with no limit on earning optional co-op credits. Co-op placements are arranged for students by their secondary school and must follow Ministry of Education policy and guidelines.

Who is it for?

  • Co-op programs are for secondary students who are heading for apprenticeship, college, university or the workplace.

What are the benefits of Co-op programs?

  • Experience hands-on learning
  • “Test-drive” career options
  • See the relevance of their classroom learning
  • Earn credits through workplace experience
  • Develop the essential skills and habits required in the workplace
  • Gain valuable work experience that will help build a resumé for post-secondary programs and future employment.

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