Apprenticeship is Post-Secondary Education

Apprenticeship is a post-secondary education option that students can try out while still in high school. The OYAP program provides students the opportunity to accelerate their post-secondary education by allowing them to achieve competencies and log hours towards their certification while they are still in secondary school.

Statistically, only 30% of Ontario students are headed for College and University directly from high school. In Ontario, there is another viable post-secondary education option open to all students who do well at using their heads and their hands - Apprenticeship!

  • In the next two decades, 40% of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies. In 1998, that number was less than 20%
  • Many more people in the skilled trades are retiring than are entering the system
  • Many skilled tradespeople make six-figure incomes with excellent benefits

Source Skills Canada – Ontario

With an increasing demand for young people in the skilled trades and technologies, apprenticeship education is an intelligent post-secondary education option for young people making their career choices today. Better still, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows them to start their post-secondary education while they are still in high school!

According to a Canadian Apprenticeship Forum and Skills Canada poll conducted by Ipsos-Reid:

  • 42% of Canadian youth claim they are unlikely to consider a career in the skilled trades
  • 67% of youth and 55% of adults would choose university as the first post-secondary option
  • 26% of youth said they would consider a career in the trades
  • 60% of youth said their parents have not encouraged them to consider a career in trades

For details about OYAP at your school please speak to your Co-op, Technology or Guidance teacher and for further details please feel free to contact the School Board’s OYAP Coordinator