The skilled trades provide a viable and attractive career choice for young people. In high school student have an opportunity to explore and even begin an apprenticeship through OYAP—the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.
OYAP is driven by co-operative education. Students gain hands-on experience at a co-op placement with an employer in the one of four apprenticeship sectors: motive power, service, construction or industrial.
Sector specific health and safety training is a must. Students placed in construction project settings gain the mandatory Working at Heights training.
OYAP not only jump starts a career in the skilled trades, but students earn credits towards a high school diploma.
For students who enjoy working with their hands and find that their preferred classroom is a construction site, hair salon, or automotive service centre, OYAP is for them:
Contact the OYAP Coordinator in your school board for more information.
Check out these helpful websites:
www.oyap.com a solid overview of the Ontairo Youth Apprenticeship Program
www.skills.edu.gov.on.ca Ontario Skills Passport: descriptions of necessary skills/work habits
www.tcu.gov.on.ca Employment Ontario: services to support youth with information and training and job search leads
www.collegeoftrades.ca All apprentices are members of OCOT- the Ontario College of Trades
www.apprenticesearch.com A wealth of information and a service to find an employer looking for an apprentice.