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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program



What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)?
The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for OYAP, students must:

  • be at least 16 years old;
  • have completed 16 credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) prior to starting the program;
  • be enrolled as a full-time student during the program;
  • be working towards the completion of all OSSD requirements

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.

OYAP Enhancements

The OYAP program has has been enhanced to build on the considerable strengths of the current system.  The province is modernizing Ontario's apprenticeship system to increase completion rates, increase the participation of traditionally underrespresented groups, and creating clearer, better pathways for learners.  To view frequently asked questions about the OYAP enhancements, please click on the link below.

Frequently asked Questions and Answers

To learn more about OYAP/Apprenticeship opportunities, please visit the following links:

OYAP Provincial Site: Connecting Employers and Apprentices across Ontario

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum:

Ontario College of Trades

For more information please contact:

Shawna Grouette

SGDSB OYAP System Lead/Cooperative Education Teacher
Marathon High School
P.O. Bag "H"

(807)229-1800 Phone

(807)229-0117 Fax

(807)228-3256 Cell


The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is funded by the Government of Ontario


Quick Links

Important Dates


Regular Board Meeting

Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:30 pm

Designated Site:

Lake Superior High School,

19 Hudson Drive

Terrace Bay, Ontario


SGDSB Videoconference Sites:

Geraldton Composite HS, 500 Second Street

Geraldton, ON

Lake Superior High School, 19 Hudson Drive

Terrace Bay, ON

Manitouwadge HS, 200 Manitou Road West

Manitouwadge, ON

SGDSB Learning Centre, 46 Salls Street,

Red Rock, ON

Marathon Board Office, 12 Hemlo Drive

Marathon, ON

12 Hemlo Drive, Postal Bag 'A'

Marathon, ON, P0T 2E0

Phone: (807) 229-0436

Fax: (807) 229-1471