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


Pre-Apprenticeship Conestoga College Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities Truck and Coach/Heavy Duty Equipment Technician Welder Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) General Carpenter Pre-Apprenticeship  


OYAP Graduates Speakers’ Bureau If you’re a WRDSB grad or are graduating this year and would like to share your OYAP/Co-op skilled trade experiences with others, please consider joining our Graduates Speakers’ Bureau.  This will provide an opportunity for past program participants who have become apprentices or journeypersons to choose to serve as mentors or […]

Special Projects

Indigenous Youth Promote apprenticeship trades to self-identified Indigenous students through activities/events. Indigenous Youth Community Partners NPAAMB – Indigenous Youth Employment And Training NPAAMB Indigenous Youth Employment & Training is a not-for-profit organization with a primary mandate to provide employment and training solutions to prepare for self-identifying urban Indigenous youth for a successful transition into the […]


Should students have their own tools? Students are not required to provide the tools of the trade while an OYAP student. There is a Loans for Tools Program available after graduation to help apprentices buy tools and equipment to perform the tasks of their trade. What are “Red Seal” trades? The Red Seal endorsement on a […]


Benefits for employers who participate in OYAP: Gaining access to an excellent source of young, enthusiastic and skilled students with strong support systems to ensure success. Having the ability to take a student/potential employee on a TRIAL basis before commitment to register them as an apprentice. Helping to build a skilled workforce by increasing student […]

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