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.