An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job- training and classroom instruction. 80-90 per cent of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace. 10-20 per cent involves classroom instruction on theory, which is usually given at a local community college, or provided through another approved training organization. Length of the apprenticeship varies depending on the trade. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a specialized program that enables students who are 16 years of age or older to meet secondary diploma requirements while completing a co-op placement in an apprenticeship trade.
Benefit to students
Students can complete up to 800 hours towards their apprenticeship through cooperative education while still in high school.
Students must be 16 to participate in OYAP. They must complete appropriate safety training for their work placement.
- Cooperative education
- Level one apprenticeship courses are also available to high school students through dual credits.