Selecting Your Pathway
Every student in high school will choose one of four available pathways upon leaving school. These include: Apprenticeship, College, University, or going directly to the World of Work. An Apprenticeship is a post-secondary education pathway in which a person earns his/her qualifications or certification as a Skilled Tradesperson.
What is an Apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a hands-on training program for people who want to work in skilled trades occupations found in the Service, Motive Power, Manufacturing, and Construction sectors. About 90% of an apprenticeship involves on-the-job training by employers; the remaining 10% involves theoretical training at a college or with a training provider. In Ontario there are more than 150 trades in which a person may register as an apprentice.
Are High School Students able to get involved?
The ‘Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)’ is a school-to-work transition program offered through Experiential Learning and is found in all secondary schools throughout Ontario. Full-time students in Grades 11 and 12 earn cooperative education credits through work placements in skilled trades. Many students become registered apprentices before graduating as a result of this experience.
Where can I find more information?
In the ALCDSB, cooperative education teachers, guidance counsellors, and OYAP Coordinators work together to assist students in their investigation and pursuit of careers in skilled trade occupations.
Steps to an apprenticeship following the OYAP route include:
- Explore your career options with a guidance counsellor or coop teacher
- If possible, enrol in an in-school technology course related to your chosen field. Discuss options with your technology teacher
- Enrol in a cooperative education course. Discuss this with your coop teacher
- Meet with an OYAP Coordinator to discuss possible apprenticeship pathways
- Research the topic carefully and talk to people who work in the field you are considering. Web site links below are excellent resources:
Who Should Consider OYAP?
Students who are:
- at least 16 years of age and have completed 16 credits
- either in grade 11 or 12 and have an interest in a career in a skilled trade
Additional support or information is available from Will Geris or Jim Johnston, OYAP Coordinators with the Board. Will may be reached at (613) 532-4292; Jim may be reached at (613) 532-3985.