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 […]


OYAP Connecting Employers Guide   5 Reasons to Hire and Train an Apprentice by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum. For more information about apprenticeship training from an employer perspective, please click here for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum’s Employer Toolkit.

Hire an Apprentice!

Hire an Apprentice! In today’s competitive economy, training is critical to the success of a business. But training can be expensive. Financially, OYAP participation can be beneficial to your business. Training and mentoring a student through OYAP opens the door to a better future for our youth and helps maintain a skilled workforce in our community. […]


Interested in a career in a skilled trade?  You’re in the right place!  Students can become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journey persons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diploma.  To start your apprenticeship all you have to do is take Co-op.  Talk to your Guidance Counselor to see if […]

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

What is OYAP? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program for grade 11 or 12 students that opens the door for students to explore and experience apprenticeship skilled trade career opportunities through the Cooperative Education program (Co-op). Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled […]

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