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What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)?

OYAP's goal is to promote the skilled trades and apprenticeship to students, parents, teachers and industry partners. Through OYAP co-operative education students can also register as apprentices while they are still in high school. This program is one way that we encourage the different pathways or destinations that students can choose for their future. 

Last year, Simcoe County registered over 90 students as apprentices. These young people were between 16 and 18 years old and they started their apprenticeships while they were working toward their high school diploma. OYAP provided these 90 young people with a considerable head start in their apprenticeship. Former students have finished their apprenticeships and are writing their certification exam when they are 20 or 21 years old.

What is an apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is hands-on training and certification for people who enjoy learning by doing. The training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skills, judgment and creativity. Apprentices are paid while gaining work experience, and their wages increase with their level of skills.

Why choose the skilled trades and apprenticeship?
  • It is estimated by the year 2020 Canada will need 1,000,000 more skilled trades people
  • This shortage is expected to become more evident in the next five to ten years as thousands of certified journey-persons reach retirement age
  • Approximately 50% of secondary school graduates do not move immediately to college or university
  • Apprentices earn wages while learning their trade
  • Many licensed tradespeople earn more than $50,000 per year and have their own business
For more information about the OYAP program, please take a look at our brochure Connecting Students to Opportunities in Skilled Professions and our
2006-2007 OYAP Newsletter

For more information about our OYAP program, please contact our OYAP teacher Wade Tower at 705-722-3555 ext. 281 or e-mail wtower@smcdsb.on.ca