Become an Apprentice While in High School With OYAP
Information for Employers
- Having an opportunity to trial a potential future apprentice
- Having the option to continue an apprenticeship or terminate the apprenticeship throughout the co-op experience
- Providing current employees with a supervisory role in order to increase leadership opportunities for staff
- Having the co-op teacher support the student and the sponsor with the process of completing the registered training agreement
- Being able to train the student to support skill development that is directly related to the needs of their business
- The student being able to start to work towards completing competencies in their Apprenticeship Training Standard Book
- The potential for students to participate in their Level 1 training during their grade 12 year if they are a registered apprentice. This can help to support the growth of a business
- The co-op student being provided with various training including certifications such as Working at Heights, First Aid & Level C CPR and W.H.M.I.S.
- Increased public awareness about the skilled trades and apprenticeship pathway
Skilled Trades Ontario
- promote and market the trades
- develop the latest training and curriculum standards
- provide a streamlined user-friendly experience for tradespeople
- schedule classes and exams
- submit forms
- pay fees and more
Nuts and Bolts of the OYAP Process
What is an apprenticeship?
Why should a student participate in OYAP as a registered apprentice?
- Beginning an apprenticeship in secondary school launches the exploration of a rewarding career in the skilled trades
- The student is supported by their co-op teacher to find an employer that is a good fit for both parties
- Becoming an apprentice in secondary school means that one of the hardest parts of obtaining an apprenticeship is already complete - finding an employer!
- Students can use the time and competencies learned while participating in OYAP to put towards their apprenticeship once they graduate from secondary school
- Once the student graduates high school, they will be in line for the first level of the classroom training required by their chosen trade
- Students and parents complete the Participant Application Form from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), provided to them by the co-op Teacher.
- Co-op teachers will provide the student with an OYAP wallet card. This card should be with the student while at co-op. In some of the Construction trades, the MLTSD visits worksites and looks for student identification in the form of the wallet card.
- Teachers will enroll the student into the Employment Ontario Information System as a
Participant in co-op.
What to expect when you take the first step towards an apprenticeship
- The co-op Teacher will consult with the employer and the student and parent to initiate the process.
- The second part of the form will be completed by both the student, parent and employer.
- The MLTSD training consultant for AMDSB will send the employer the required paperwork to complete.
- The employer will return the paperwork to the training consultant once completed so that the student can be entered into APPR-EOIS.
Compulsory Trades vs. Non-Compulsory Trades
Start your Level 1 Apprenticeship Training at AMDSB
What is Accelerated OYAP?
- have a strong interest in a specific trade;
- have related work or volunteer experience in the specific trade;
- be successfully participating in the cooperative education program and be enrolled in OYAP.
Level 1 Opportunities
- Automotive Service Technician
- Brick and Stone Mason
- General Machinist
- General Carpenter
- Electrician - Construction and Maintenance
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic
- Truck and Coach Technician
- Metal Fabricator
|Grade 11||Complete at least a 2 CR co-op in the interested trade|
|February (Grade 12) Course Selection||Choose a 4 CR co-op for your grade 12 year|
|May of Grade 11||Complete the Accelerated OYAP Application Form|
|Grade 12 Semester One||Interview for a seat in the Level 1 training program|
|Grade 12 Semester Two||Participate in a 4 CR co-op as well as 6-8 weeks of the Level 1 training. Co-op employer must be aware that students will be participating full time in the level 1 training for the duration of the program (6-8 weeks depending on the trade).|
Two delivery models for Level 1 training
- Level 1 training at a training delivery agent (TDA) site
- Student requires a registered training agreement (RTA)
- Taught by certified instructors through the TDA
- Location and timing is determined by TDA
- Training may be integrated with regular apprentices or a class of OYAP students
- Level 1 training at a secondary school through a TDA
- Student does not require a registered training agreement
- Taught by certified instructors through the TDA
- Location is determined by the school board and requires approval from the TDA to ensure the facility can support the program
- Training is comprised of a class of OYAP students
Benefits of Accelerated OYAP
- Fast track through the apprenticeship program by starting year one of an apprenticeship in secondary school. Student will complete apprenticeship hours and work towards completing competencies during co-op and will complete the level 1 training while in Grade 12
- Learn important health and safety practices in the trade
- Acquire technical training in a dedicated classroom
- Increase confidence in the trade by gaining skills and learning theory
- Experience a smooth transition after graduation from the support of the training delivery agent
- Become a more valuable apprentice with gained skills and knowledge learned at the level 1 training
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