What is OYAP?

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program for grade 10, 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 trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.


The goals of OYAP are:

  • To provide students with the opportunity to start training in a skilled trade 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 employers with the opportunity to train the skilled workers they require;
  • To provide a viable solution to address the problem of skilled tradespeople shortages in general, and specifically the lack of young people joining the trades.

Checkout these videos to learn more about OYAP and the skilled trades.

WRDSB Program Overview Video (3min 30sec)

OYAP Commercial (30 sec)

OYAP Questions (11 min 30 sec)

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development – Skilled Trades Ad (30 sec)

“Find a Career you Wouldn’t Trade”



This Employment Ontario program is funded by the Government of Ontario.