Considering OYAP

Take a look at the reasons why you should consider OYAP:

  • Earn credits towards an OSSD while training in an apprenticeable trade
  • Learn while building a successful career
  • Skilled trades offer career opportunities, job satisfaction and excellent economic rewards to young, motivated, competent students
  • Once registered as an apprentice, the hours worked at Co-op may be logged toward the number of hours required for journeyperson status in the chosen trade
  • Continue the apprenticeship after earning an Ontario Secondary School Diploma
  • Students may return for another semester or year if additional credits are needed
  • Enter an apprenticeship at an earlier age - an advantage to both students and employers
  • The combined knowledge and talents of the partners involved in OYAP creates the best possible learning/training situations for candidates in the program

OYAP benefits students by providing:

  • An opportunity to develop a valuable network of employers for future job prospects;
  • Valuable work experience, employability skills and an understanding of employer expectations;
  • An opportunity to explore interesting and creative apprenticeship occupations for career decision-making;
  • An opportunity to gain a “head-start” in an apprenticeship by reducing time and expenses that would be spent on training after high school;
  • A seamless transition from high school to post secondary apprenticeship training;
  • An opportunity to become registered apprentices while working towards completing a secondary school diploma;
  • An “open door” to well-paid employment.

Students participating in OYAP are expected to:

  • Work safely and diligently while following the regulations of the employer and of the school;
  • Follow company health and safety regulations;
  • Demonstrate maturity and good judgment;
  • Achieve maximum learning by working in a courteous, responsible and businesslike manner; watching, listening, trying, practicing, perfecting and helping;
  • Attend the workplace on time, as agreed;
  • Notify the employer and co-op teacher before the beginning of the school day if unable to attend the placement;
  • Complete all daily logs, journals and assignments, as required;
  • Maintain a record of apprenticeship hours and skills acquired in the Apprenticeship Training Standards Manual;
  • Keep all of the apprenticeship documents in a safe place;
  • Notify the local apprenticeship office if there is a personal change of address.

What is a designated trade?

Under the terms of the Canadian Constitution, each province and territory has the responsibilities for education and training which includes apprenticeship. The legislation permits each jurisdiction to designate occupations for apprenticeship.

Designated trades are governed by regulations under the Provincial and Territorial Apprenticeship Acts. These regulations outline the administrative procedures and in some cases the standards and conditions of training for specific trades (e.g. methods of registering apprentices, curriculum, accreditation, and certification).

The designation of a new trade can originate outside the provincial and territorial apprenticeship authorities. Employers, employer associations or unions can petition their provincial or territorial Director of Apprenticeship to have a trade designated. See the Industry section for more details.

Who administers apprenticeship programs?

Apprenticeship programs are generally administered by provincial and territorial departments responsible for education, labour and training (under the direction of the provincial or territorial Director of Apprenticeship) with authority delegated from the legislation in each province and territory.

The Program is supported by a network of advisory bodies, such as Apprenticeship and Certification Boards, Local Advisory Committees and Provincial Advisory Committees.

Industry-driven provincial and territorial apprenticeship training boards are major policy-making and governing bodies for apprenticeship training relating to recommendations of trade designation, curriculum requirements and regulatory aspects of trades and occupations.

Is certification compulsory or voluntary?

The skilled trades are classified as either compulsory or voluntary. Generally, compulsory trades require workers to be certified or registered as apprentices in order to work in the occupation. Voluntary trades involve voluntary apprenticeship training and certification as workers are not required to be registered or certified to work in that trade.

Even though many trades deemed compulsory in some of the jurisdictions are also Red Seal trades, it is not mandatory for a worker to obtain the Red Seal endorsement.