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The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) enables students who are full time in high school with 16 credits and 16 years of age or older to try an apprenticeable trade while in a high school cooperative education program. 


Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.

In Halton, students have 2 options:

  1. OYAP Coop – doing co-operative education credits in any Ontario apprenticeable trade
  2. Concentrated OYAP - Students can take any of our Concentrated OYAP programs. These pre-trade programs give students the experience necessary to start their career in one of the many skilled trades. These courses teach the curriculum for level 1 Ministry of Training Colleges and University (MTCU) apprenticeship course as well as the Ministry of Education expectations.

Coop is a part of each of these programs and while in coop, these students can also be registered as an OYAP apprentice by contacting the OYAP board representative.

How Can I Learn More About OYAP?

  • Browse the brochures for fields that interest you to learn about program components and schools offering the program.
  • Look at the individual school based program brochures to learn about how the program is offered in particular schools.
  • Talk to your guidance counselor
  • Click here to visit the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Website