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OYAP Survey

OYAP Apprenticeship

OYAP Survey

March 26, 2024
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By 2025, one in five jobs will be in the trades. At the same time, a third of our tradespeople are preparing to retire and the average age of an apprentice is 29 years old.

To address this looming labour shortage and build the projects our communities need, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development is calling on industry partners to train the next generation of skilled tradespeople, and help form a talented, resilient, and vibrant workforce.

As a sponsor, you are a critical partner in our mission to unleash the unrivalled potential of young people early on in their lives so that they can find a career they wouldn’t trade.

Help students gain real-world work experience to meet the needs of our growing economy by participating in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)!


What is OYAP?

OYAP offers high school students the opportunity to explore a skilled trade through on-site learning that contributes to the completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. There are more than 70 OYAP recruiters, working in schools across Ontario, who can help connect you with eager students who want to learn by doing.


There are many benefits to participating:

  • Assess and recruit a potential employee on a trial basis before committing to registering them as an apprentice.
  • Develop supervisory and leadership skills for your staff.
  • Increase the awareness and profile of your organization within your community.

For more information on OYAP and how you can make a difference, please visit

If you would like to speak with someone for additional information, contact a local OYAP recruiter by clicking here.

OYAP recruiters across Ontario are interested in connecting with sponsors to discuss the potential for providing students with OYAP placements. You can opt in to have your contact information as noted in the ministry’s Employment Ontario Information System-Apprenticeship (EOIS-APPR) made available to OYAP recruiters so they can reach out to you. You can also opt in to have your contact information shared with graduating OYAP students who are seeking apprenticeships.

To opt in, click here.

To review or update your sponsor contact information, please contact your local ministry Employment and Training Consultant (ETC) or your local ministry apprenticeship office or contact the Employment Ontario Contact Centre.

Thank you for considering how you can help provide young people with an opportunity to work in the skilled trades.


Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Employment and Training Division
Program Delivery Support Branch