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As in past years, partnership between the Simcoe County District School Board and local manufacturers has opened up promising opportunities for Grade 11 students interested in taking a look at careers in industry who could be available for summer employment 2020 and who have room in their timetable for a 4-credit co-op SEM 2 of 2020-2021.  Together with area employers and a panel of past graduates of the program, OYAP is offering a Parent-Student Information Night to provide learning about careers in precision metal cutting and specifically about the OYAP PMC Program which can include a Level 01 429A General Machinist apprenticeship class at college, spring of 2021.


Parent-Student Information Night

DATE:                   Wednesday, February 12

LOCATION:          Holiday Inn, 20 Fairview Road, Barrie

TIME:                   Formal Presentation 7-8:15 p.m. with Panel of Current Apprentices;

                             Employer Displays 6:30 p.m. and after the meeting


The brochure below, which OYAP mailed in early January to many Grade 11 students (based on course selection including manufacturing or a combination of maths and sciences), has more details about the application requirements and Employer-Student Program Interview Day on Tuesday, April 7.

 OYAP 2020 PMC Brochure.pdf

Benefits of this employer program being offering in 2020-2021 school year include:

•  Introduction to local manufacturers

•  Opportunity for paid summer work experience in 2019

•  Free 8-Week Level 01 Apprenticeship training at Georgian College

•  Free transportation and learning materials for Level 01

•  Valuable work experience through Co-operative Education

•  Head-start towards a Certificate of Qualification in Precision Metal Cutting

Georgian College offers free apprenticeship program.  Click here for a link to the video.

Here is a link to all careers in Ontario that have an apprenticeship attached and are careers attainable directly from high school.  Students in skilled trades co-op placements can even get a start while still in high school.

The listings of skilled trades in Ontario, divided by sector, are found at the link below:

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.

Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.

Visit the OYAP website​ for more information.

Here are a few good websites to visit:

A site for researching the trades:

This Generation T website gives opportunity to self-assess factors that the individual likes or dislikes in a workplace, and then cumulates in suggested trade careers that suit the individual.

This ApprenticeSearch website has been built over 20 years.  Every certified Ontario trade is present, and the job descriptions include factors to consider about working conditions.

What is an Apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a combination of on-the-job training, work experience and technical training.  It is a hands-on training program for people who enjoy learning by doing and earning while learning.

  • The training provides access to well-paying jobs that demand a high level of skills, judgment and creativity.

  • Employers provide about 90 percent of apprenticeship training in the workplace. The remaining 10 percent involves classroom instruction on theory which is usually delivered at an approved community college or training delivery agent.

  • Upon successful completion of the practical and in-school components, an apprentice has an opportunity to write the provincial/interprovincial exam to become a certified journeyperson in a skilled trade

Apprenticeship Charts:

Various Charts – Auto Body & Collision Damage Repair; Brick & Stone Mason; Early Childhood Educator; Horticultural Technician; Marine Engine Technician; Small Engine Technician; Truck & Coach Technician