How do I get into OYAP?

There are 4 OYAP pathway options to help you pursue a skilled trade. OYAP Pathway Which pathway best describes you? OYAP Participant I’m interested in working with my hands but I don’t have a specific trade in mind. I’m interested in a trade but haven’t tried it before. I want to try a skilled trade […]

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 survey results are in! In partnership with, learn why you should support a career in the skilled trades.   More about the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)   The goals of OYAP are: To provide students with the opportunity to start training in a skilled trade, at the actual apprenticeship […]


OYAP Connecting Employers Guide  Job Talks OYAP – Ed Leimgardt – OYAP Employer Why become an OYAP employer? 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)

  Get Skilled for Life! Looking for a great career? The skilled trades provide rewarding, challenging careers in sectors such as motive power, construction, manufacturing and service. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), offered in high schools across the Waterloo Region District School Board, allows students in grade 11 or 12 to explore and experience […]

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