Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

The Ontario Youth and Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows high school students to get a jump-start on a career in the skilled trades. It consists of a hands-on practical approach to education. Students can take part in an apprenticeship placement or a Level 1 apprenticeship through OYAP.

Enrol in the program

If you are completing an apprenticeship placement through cooperative education or a Special High Skills Major, you are an OYAP student. To apply for an apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be 16 years of age
  • Have completed 16 Ontario secondary school credits
  • Have good academic standing and excellent attendance

Accelerated Level 1 program

In the Accelerated Level 1 program, you will earn the first level of your apprenticeship in your final semester of high school.


You can apply to this program in Grade 11. To qualify, you must:

  • Earn a grade of 60% or higher in university or college level Math, English, and Technology courses
  • Register as a 4-course cooperative education student in Grade 12
  • Complete all mandatory high school courses before your final semester

You will need to submit a completed application form as well as:

  • Your current academic status sheet with midterm marks
  • An attendance record for the current school year with reasons for any absences
  • A resume
  • A photocopy of your Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • 2 teacher references

If your application is successful, you will be asked to attend an interview.


The following trades are available for the Accelerated Level 1 program:

  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Child Development Practitioner
  • Cook
  • Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Plumber
  • Welder
  • Hairstylist
  • General Carpenter


Watch this video to learn the student benefits of OYAP.