Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Some students may be eligible for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP). This program will allow students to begin the registration process for apprenticeship with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. As a St. Nicholas student, you can discuss this opportunity with your teacher.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) provides a way for students to begin their apprenticeship training on the job while meeting high school diploma requirements.

OYAP is a specialized program that enables full time students who are 16 years of age or older (minimum of 16 high school credits completed) to explore careers in the skilled trades (earning co-op credits in related curriculum courses) while earning valuable workplace experience in an occupation that requires apprenticeship before they graduate from high school. High school students may be officially registered as apprentices in their trade area (Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development) and begin their post-secondary apprenticeship training program. The OYAP program:


  • Offers students a school-work destination with good job prospects
  • Allows students to start their post-secondary training program while they earn their high school diploma
  • Develops student connections with employers for post-secondary employment as apprentices