OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program)
OYAP is a specialized program in high school that allows you to explore apprenticeship and consider careers in the skilled trades, generally starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the cooperative education program.
STEP to Construction
The co-op program, called STEP to Construction, lets Grade 11/12 students spend a semester on a job site sampling several skilled trades – from electrical to carpentry, drywall to sheet metal work, plumbing, tile-setting, bricklaying, cement finishing and general labour and construction craft work – to see if one sparks their interest. STEP stands for Specialized Trades Exploration Program, because it lets students explore from three to seven of these trades over a semester, rather than just one. It also sends them to George Brown College once a week for a dual credit (college credit + high school credit) in Construction Health and Safety, where they also earn a fistful of safety certificates to beef up their resumes, free of charge. STEP grads end up with five high school credits and a college credit to boot.
PACE – Pre-Apprenticeship Cooperative Education
The PACE program is offered in collaboration with TDSB’s Design, Construction, Maintenance department, and its trades union, the Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council (MCSTC).
Students will have an opportunity to explore and experience a variety of skilled trades within the construction sector alongside TDSB tradesperson employees. Students will earn 4 credits in cooperative education while developing skills related to construction and gain certifications and awareness training recognized by industry.