What is OYAP?


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in over 350 apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.

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

Why register in OYAP?

  • Severe shortage of tradespeople in Ontario presently.  This means that many employment opportunities exist in the trades. 
  • There have been 85,000+ new trade positions filled in the last decade. 
  • The average certified tradesperson in Canada, ages 25 to 34, earns $61,900 annually
  • Specialized programs are available and are attached to community college programs.
  • Earn additional certifications, such as WHMIS, Heights Training, First Aid, etc., at no cost to you.  

Marc Garneau offers apprenticeships in the trades in four sectors:

  • Construction
  • Industrial
  • Motive
  • Service

To find out more about OYAP: 

Link to the TDSB OYAP webpage or the Ministry of Education's Pathways to Apprenticeship: Options for Secondary School Students.