Can any employer take on an apprentice? Employers who have qualified journeypersons in place (or equivalent), who are willing to provide students with supervision and training may qualify for participation in OYAP. Employers who foresee a need to hire future apprentices are invited to participate in OYAP. Who pays the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board […]

Community Partners

Post-Secondary Conestoga College – Trades and Apprenticeships Industry/Community Build A Dream Promoting equity and women in skilled trades Support Ontario Youth Non-Unionized Electrical & Plumbing Apprenticeships Business Education Partnership Community partnerships, guest speakers, and Trade Unions International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers – Local 804 Electrical Apprenticeships LiUNA – Local 837 Construction Craft Workers & Concrete Finishers […]

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David Pope – OYAP Coordinator Email: david_pope@wrdsb.ca Phone: 519-570-0003 Ext. 4256   Follow Us on Social Media Twitter Instagram Facebook Linkedin

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a post-secondary education pathway, just like College or University. It is a hands-on training program for people who enjoy learning by doing and earning while learning. Employers provide about 90 percent of apprenticeship training in the workplace. The remaining 10 percent involves classroom instruction on theory which is usually delivered at an […]

What are Skilled Trades?

When people think of skilled trades, there are many traditional trades that likely come to mind – electrician, plumber, welder, and carpenter, for example.  The reality is that there are 144 designated trades in Ontario.  These trades fall under four sectors: Construction Industrial Motive Power Service What are Red Seal Trades? The Inter-provincial Standards Red Seal […]

Common Myths of Trades

Myth: Skilled trade jobs are not stable. Reality: Careers in the skilled trades and technologies can be some of the most stable. Currently, people with a skilled trade can often choose their employment because the skills shortage is so high. Unlike many other careers, a skilled trade is one of the most transferable in today’s global […]

How to become an OYAP Participant?

There are two levels in the OYAP program. OYAP Participant Benefits Allows you to work in a skilled trade including restricted trades. Access to FREE Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Access to FREE safety training (e.g. Working at Heights) OYAP Apprentice Benefits: All the benefits of an OYAP participant. Allows you to count 100% of your […]

Benefits of OYAP

Many students expect to continue their education at college or university, and parents assume this as well. Yet the reality is that most of our students do not go to college or university directly following high school. Deciding which path to pursue can be challenging as well as confusing, which is why many of our […]

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What is OYAP?   The goals of OYAP are: To provide students with the opportunity to start training in a skilled trade, at the actual apprenticeship level,  while completing the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma; To enable students to make the school to work transition by direct entry into apprenticeship training; To provide […]

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