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Exploring Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship TimelineApprenticeship is a postsecondary pathway that combines on-the-job training, work experience and formal training that leads to certification.

Some skilled trades require apprenticeships. Being an apprentice is a pathway to an exciting career where you will have the opportunity to take classes and learn more about your trade working directly under experienced workers. You will get paid while you are training in your apprenticeship. 

How you prepare depends on your situation:

  • you’re in high school: either Grade 11 or 12
  • you’re in or about to go to college


Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

If you’re in high school – either Grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in a skilled trade.

Co-op education credits are actual secondary school credits. It’s just that you earn them through a work placement.

To qualify for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP), you must:

  • Be at least 15 years old
  • Be studying part time or full-time in high school
    • Either enrolled in Grade 11 or 12 or equivalent
    • Eligible in summer co-op after completing grade 10
  • Have earned at least 14 credits

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