How to make the transition from OYAP into paid apprenticeship
Apprenticeship is post-secondary education.
Most apprenticeships require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). After you have provided the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) with proof of graduation from secondary school, you can continue your apprenticeship by:
- Finding an employer who is prepared to continue your apprenticeship training by agreeing to hire and register you as a paid apprentice
- Continuing the apprenticeship training by enrolling in programs offered at various colleges or approved training centers. You may want to contact your local apprenticeship office to discuss your options before making a final decision
Some assistance in finding employers is available through the services offered by Job Connect, which is funded through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
- In Brampton, Caledon and Bolton, it is offered by the Brampton Information and Referral Centre, in partnership with Sheridan College (905-459-0111).
- In Mississauga, it is offered by YMCA Employment and Community Services (905-276-9329).
You must register as an apprentice with the local training office of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities at 905-279-7333; a training consultant will be assigned, based on where your employer is located.
Training and certification
Approximately 90% of apprenticeship training is provided in the workplace by employers. The remainder involves classroom instruction on theory, which is usually given at a local community college, but may also be provided by another approved training organization. Specifics regarding when you will be scheduled for the classroom instruction will be discussed at the time of your apprenticeship registration.
The apprentice must successfully complete each level of required classroom training prior to being scheduled for the next level. The cycle of work-placements and classroom training sessions will be discussed at the registration.
After approximately three to five years (depending on the trade), an apprentice with enough hours of experience and demonstrated completion of the classroom training, achieves a Certificate of Apprenticeship. A Certificate of Qualification is issued upon successful completion of the final trade exam. Some trades require the tradesperson to have compulsory certification (eg. auto service technician); others are voluntary (eg. cook).
Additional trade-specific training, taken during the apprenticeship can broaden an apprentice’s certification.
Passing the Interprovincial exam brings ‘Red Seal’ certification, which allows a journeyperson to work in other provinces.
OYAP receives funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). It is a school-work transition program that allows students to complete high school while developing work skills and building hours and competencies toward the completion of an apprenticeship.
Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)
The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) was created to be an industry-driven organization that will promote the trades and protect the public interest by regulating the trades in Ontario.
OYAP apprentices (i.e. OYAP participants with a Training Agreement) are required to become members of the OCOT.
However, while in OYAP, a registered apprentice is exempt from:
- membership fees for the period of their OYAP placement
- appearing in the OCOT public register
- being called before any OCOT committees on conduct and fitness to practice
Note: These exemptions end when the OYAP apprentice completes or withdraws from OYAP. For more information about the OCOT, please visit their website at www.collegeoftrades.ca or call 647-847-3000 or toll-free at 1-855-299-0028.