Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the Ontario Youth Apprentice Program?
OYAP is a specialized program than enables students who are 16 years of age or older to meet secondary school diploma requirements while participating in an occupation that requires an apprenticeship.

2. Am I obligated to accept the student after the interview process?
The final choice is ultimately the employer’s decision. The student must fit the employer’s criteria as a potential employee.

3. Should students be performing actual jobs functions in my business?
Yes! The student should be trained to learn all operations appropriate to meet the skills requirement of the trade. Emphasis is always on safety.

4. Do I have to pay the student?
Remuneration is not required while the students is at their work placement within the hours specified on the placement agreement (contract).

5. Who’s insurance will cover the student while he or she is at our workplace?
The Ministry of Education pays WSIB premiums during the student’s co-op placement as the student is NOT being paid a wage. The employer must pay WSIB premiums if the student is being paid a wage outside the hours specified on the placement agreement. If the employer chooses to pay the student while the student is working within the hours specified on the placement agreement, the Ministry of Education will pay the premiums.

6. How are conflicts handled?
The co-op teacher who is actively involved in each OYAP placement provides support. All attempts will be made to resolve any difficulties that may develop between employers and students. If the situation cannot be improved, the placement can be terminated.
7. Why consider an apprenticeship?
a) Apprenticeship training is a recognized and cost-effective way of preparing young people for a career in the skilled trades.
b) The skilled trades provide young people with jobs in stable and well-paying careers with opportunities for advancement.
c) Ministry pays 80% of college tuition.
d) Many skilled trades pay more than $20/hour.
e) Skills acquired by apprentices and qualified journey persons are in demand.
f) Industry is experiencing a shortage of apprentices and qualified journey people in a number of skilled trades.