What is an Apprenticeship?
An Apprenticeship is a position in which a student works under an employer in an actual workplace with the intention of learning a trade.
What is OYAP?
OYAP is an abbreviation for the ‘Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program’ - a program meant to connect prospective apprentices with potential employers. It is an extension of Co-op Programs.
Why Should I Even Consider It?
- Extremely valuable work experience
- Income while learning
- A potential job guarantee
- The establishment of new connections in the field of work you’re heading into
- At the end of it, a Red Seal Certification is possible
What is Required to Take Part?
- You must be at least 16 years old
- You must already have 16 credits (End of Grade 10)
- You must be a full-time student
- You must be working towards graduation
Red Seal Certification
Red Seal Certification is proof that you are capable and licensed to practice your trade anywhere in Canada, but may even be useful outside of the country as well.
- Industrial - Blacksmiths - Those who manufacture metal items; specifically tools and the like.
- Service - Chefs - People who cook food at a high level for restaurants and such.
- Construction - Powerline workers - People who maintain, repair, and set up power transmission lines.
- Motive Power (Motor-related) - Mechanics - Those who maintain and repair cars and other automotives.
More than 36% of employers are having a hard time hiring skilled tradespeople - plenty of room & opportunity. Electricians, plumbers, welders, construction managers, and bricklayers are the most in-demand trades. Source
Almost all jobs in the trades are full-time positions and are career occupations. Source
Powerline Workers make between $47,000-$75,000 annually, though more or less is still possible. They often work outdoors, lifting and carrying high-weight objects. They cannot be afraid of heights. Also have to be good team members. It helps to be experienced in the handling of electricity, though no post-secondary education is required. Some sources say experience in a related field is necessary, though othes do not. Source