Apprenticeship 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:
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: