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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Students preparing food during competition

GPHS Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program students Dredin Taylor and Devin Tasco were two of about 250 OYAP students competing at Options.

An apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. Most apprenticeships lead to acquiring a professional license to practice in a regulated profession or trade. Apprenticeship training is done while working for an employer who helps the apprentice learn their trade or profession. Some apprenticeships are also part of a college, vocational school or university program. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Resource Links

The following are some sources on youth apprenticeship programs. These links take you to external websites that are not maintained by the Renfrew County District School (RCDSB) and are provided for your information. Inquiries should be made to the webmasters of these websites.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) - a national, not-for-profit organization promoting apprenticeship as an effective model for training and education.

County Connections - the Renfrew County database of community services including opportunities for youth apprenticeships.

Employment Ontario - summarizes services across Ontario that can help you become an apprentice.

Government of Canada Youth Apprenticeships - gives an overview of apprenticeships and helpful links to websites for more information.

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada - apprenticeship grants, tax credits and deductions, employment insurance for apprentices, job searches and other resources.

Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) - learn about apprenticeship training, find out which jobs are in demand and which trades require certification in Ontario.

Ontario College of Trades (OCoT) - an industry-driven, professional regulatory body that protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades.

Ontario Job Futures - current trends and future outlook for 190 occupations common to Ontario.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) - school-to-work program for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the cooperative education program.