Students participating in a trade-related co-operative education placement qualify for the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program. While on placement earning credits, developing knowledge and skills, a student can be registered as an apprentice. An apprenticeship is an agreement between the student (who wants to learn a skilled trade), the employer (who teachers the skills), the school and the Ministry of Training (Apprenticeship branch). Students will get a head start on becoming a fully qualified journeyperson with a skill that is in demand. Apprenticeships are an excellent way of learning valuable work skills and are a viable alternative to traditional post-secondary programs. There are over 200 skilled trades that are formally recognized in Ontario. To meet the need of employers, new trades are being introduced annually, and established programs are always being upgraded. To begin an apprenticeship during secondary school, a student must;
- have successfully completed 16 credits
- be enrolled full-time in secondary school
- be enrolled in Co-operative education
To remain in the program, students must complete all the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). The apprenticeship will continue after secondary school graduation with a sponsoring employer.