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 (WSIB) premium?

Unpaid students are covered through a policy paid by the Ministry of Education. The Work Education Agreement Form must be signed by all parties before the student begins work.

The School Board maintains liability insurance coverage for Co-op students. Students are covered for third party, bodily injury and property damage. The student and company are protected against damage arising from the student’s negligence; the student is protected for damage caused accidentally to the property of the employer while such property is in his or her care, custody or
control. Student Accident Insurance is available to all students. This insurance is voluntary and optional, and paid for by the student.

Are students paid for their apprenticeship training?

  • Cooperative Education students earn credits for work experience related to in-school curriculum. The School Board does not require that students be paid for assigned Co-op placements.
  • If a student is hired beyond the Co-op placement, then the employer assumes responsibility for Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage.

Are there costs for an employer to take on an OYAP Apprentice?

OYAP apprentices are not typically paid by the employer. WSIB coverage is paid by the Ministry of Education. If the student is later hired as an employee, the employer is required to cover the
WSIB premiums.

When does the student work?

The student will provide a calendar which outlines the specific days and hours that they are available according to the school timetable.

When is the student monitored by the teacher?

The supervisor can expect full support and assistance as the teacher monitors the student’s progress regularly throughout the Co-op placement. The goal is to ensure a mutually beneficial
partnership between the training supervisor, the teacher and the student.

Is the student guaranteed employment upon graduation?

No. The Co-op employer is under no obligation to employ the student beyond the OYAP placement. The employer may hire the student if a position is available. The student can use the
experience and references to find permanent employment upon graduation.