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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Apprenticeship is a method of training in which employers train workers to become skilled workers through on-the-job training and classroom instruction. Good jobs at good wages are available to young people with the right training. Ontario employers are eager to hire skilled workers.

Shortages of skilled workers in key sectors, such as manufacturing and construction, will hinder Ontarians' ability to compete in a global marketplace. At the same time, continued growth in services ranging from hospitality to finance to high technology are creating new demand for the kind of quality workplace training apprenticeship can provide. (Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development - MAESD) .

‚ÄčThe OYAP Program is for students who have career plans to become an apprentice in the skilled trades. During secondary school, students will begin the theory and hands-on experience required for apprenticeship while completing high school credits. The hands-on experience is obtained through the co-op program. 

All students participating in OYAP must:

  • Have successfully completed at least 16 credits
  • Be enrolled full time and be at least 16 years of age
  • Complete all compulsory credits required for the OSSD
  • Demonstrate a high level of interest and aptitude for skills training

    Please note: the registration of an apprentice is at the discretion of the employer; therefore, apprenticeships cannot be guaranteed. Students should contact the guidance or co-op departments for information regarding this opportunity.

The Algonquin Lakeshore Technology Centre
(Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf)

The Algonquin Lakeshore School Board and Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf have formed a partnership in order to provide technological training for their students. Course offerings include Hairstyling and Aesthetics, Transportation, Manufacturing and Construction technologies. These courses will be provided off campus in two credit blocks. Please consult the course calendar under the Technology sections, grade 10, 11 and 12, for specifics on these course offerings.