What is OYAP?

OYAP is an option for all secondary school students, including exceptional students, who are working towards an OSSD. A great learning opportunity for all our high school students. 

OYAP is designed to provide Grade 11 and 12 students with the opportunity to participate in a skilled profession through cooperative education and work experience programs. In some cases, students formally begin their apprenticeship training.  

As documented in the Co-operative Education Ontario Curriculum, Grade 11 and Grade 12 document (examples: pg 24-25), the co-operative education teacher dialogues with co-op students to help them explore interests. From this, co-op teachers, in consultation with students and community placement employers, develop individualized co-operation education learning plans. It is at this stage, if not earlier that decisions are made regarding careers of interest to be explored through placement.

In the case were a co-operative education student decides to explore a skilled trade, the co-operative education teacher should supports the student (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/cooperative-education-2018.pdf, pg. 69) in filling out and submitting OYAP related documents based on the students level of interest.

Once an OYAP application is filled out, the co-op teacher can submit the application as either a:

  • Co-op /OYAP Participant (= a student just starting to explore a specific trade and is unsure if they want to purpose it moving forward)
  • Co-op/OYAP Registrant (=a student who is fairly sure that the specific trade is something they want to pursue moving forward. A Training Agreement is then generated)
  • Accelerated OYAP candidate (* Special Competitive Program that senior students may apply to in their last year of school, usually starts semester II)

For information on how to access the teacher section of the oyaptcdsb.com site, please refer to this document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nWZkhn-IRWtxZ9RDUKatDHiH8GnqMHxt/view?usp=sharing

OYAP is an option, and not a path into which students are streamed. The program is flexible enough to allow students to leave OYAP without consequences if they are unsuited to the apprenticeship program.


For more general information about apprenticeship and TCDSB specific Co-op OYAP opportunities see: Guide to OYAP