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The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program ("OYAP") is a component of Cooperative Education. OYAP lets full-time students, 16 years of age or older, earn Co-op credits towards the OSSD while participating in a work placement in a regulated* skilled trade that requires apprenticeship.

An OYAP Participant is a student who is earning co-op credits for work experience in an apprenticeship occupation. The student may or may not be formally registered as an apprentice while attending secondary school.

OYAP Apprentice is a student who has been formally registered as an apprentice through the OYAP program and has a Registered Training Agreement, signed by the student, parent/guardian (if under 18), employer/sponsor, and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

To download a chart of the over 150 apprenticeship trades in Ontario click HERE. For detailed information, including Apprenticeship Training Standards, visit: OCOT.

*These trades are regulated through the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA).