Four Reasons Why Experiential Learning is Great for Students

When it comes to the different ways of educating students, one thing is true – students learn best from doing.  To promote that, the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) provides experiential learning opportunities that expose students to potential career paths well before they graduate.  What is experiential learning? It is the process of teaching […]

Five Reasons to Pursue a Skilled Trade

Skilled Trades make up a large part of the Canadian economy, employing 1 out of every 5 people. Each of the trades touches a tangible aspect of Canadian life and provides the basic framework for every community.  Beyond being able to contribute directly to the community, there are a lot of reasons why choosing a […]

Not just for the factory

Tradespeople are needed across the workforce The skilled trades touch almost every aspect of our lives, from the way we move, the places we live and work, and even  the very food we eat. Each trade requires hands-on work and specialized knowledge as workers build and maintain our society’s infrastructure.  Though we generally think of […]

Skilled trades offer excellent careers for everyone

Whether you are a student thinking about life after high school or if you are contemplating a change later in life, consider a rewarding career in the skilled trades. There is an expected (and well-publicized) skill trade worker shortage looming, with some estimates predicting the shortfall of trades people to be as high as 40%. […]

I can Handle That

How the soft skills help students find a great career in the trades The day starts like every other day for Pete the plumber. He’s part of a group of tradespeople who are doing a pretty significant home renovation. Today it’s time for him to hook up the sink in the bathroom. He spent last […]

Skilled Trades are for Everybody!!!

Career Expo highlights opportunities in trades for women and those that identify as women Talk about a golden opportunity: Women currently make up 48% of the workforce, but they only comprise roughly 4% of the sector that in Ontario alone needs more than 190,000 workers — the skilled trades.  These are successful, rewarding careers that […]

Job Opportunities in Trades

The jobs of the future are the jobs of the past (sorta’…) How job opportunities in the trades are driving employment in post-pandemic Ontario According to a Royal Bank of Canada report  released last month, there is an immediate and urgent need for workers in the skilled trades, and that shortage is only going to […]

Exploring Your Future in the Trades

Careers in the skilled trades are booming. Stats Canada has estimated that one million skilled trade workers will be needed by the year 2025. This will be the largest sector for employment in the near future.  Plumbers, electricians, millwrights, cabinetmakers, mechanics…these are the careers that most people think about when they hear about the trades. […]

Skilled Trades

Looking for a career you wouldn’t trade? You’ve come to the right place! The OYAP program is for students in Grades 10-12 interested in starting a career in the skilled trades. How do you get started? TAKE CO-OP! OYAP Home Page

Level 1 OYAP

Accelerated Level 1 OYAP Level 1 OYAP offers a select number of grade 12 students the very unique opportunity of accelerating an apprenticeship.  Two things are required to be considered for Level 1 OYAP: Be graduating in June and pursuing their desired trade after graduation A Registered Training Agreement (RTA) with an employer licensed in […]

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