May 17, 2013

OYAP and Beyond: School boards partner to celebrate student apprentices

Helping students transition to post-secondary pathways

WHAT: The Halton Catholic District School Board is pleased to partner with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, the Halton District School Board and the Peel District School Board to host the third annual 'OYAP and Beyond' event; an evening of celebrating student apprentices.

WHEN: May 30 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School
2420 Sixth Line, Oakville Ontario  L6H 3N8

WHY: This event is a critical link in the Ministry of Education’s Student Success initiative, Learning to 18, where the aim is to reach every student. The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) allows students to acquire both apprenticeship hours and secondary school credits at the same time through Cooperative Education at secondary school.
OYAP and Beyond is an opportunity to celebrate this important milestone for students and to acknowledge the valuable partnership between industry and education. These students have registered in one of the four sectors of apprenticeship (Construction, Industrial, Automotive and Service).

A variety of employment agencies from Employment Ontario, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and apprenticesearch.com will be in attendance to meet with the student apprentices and discuss post-secondary pathways. The four school boards are expecting about 300 in attendance, including the student apprentices, staff and community members.
 
OYAP and Beyond is timely, since recent labour market data indicates a shortfall in skilled workers in the trades. This event is an opportunity to promote apprenticeships within school communities and to help equip students with the necessary skills they require to meet demands in the job force.

Suzanne Primeau
OYAP Resource Teacher
Peel District School Board
suzanne.primeau@peelsb.com
905-890-1099 ext. 2525

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