NCDSB - Pathway Programs

  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

    The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is funded by the Government of Ontario. It allows student who are at least 16 years old the opportunity to begin to learn a skilled trade while working towards successful completion of a high school diploma. Students may have Registered Training Agreements (RTA) signed upon agreement of employers. Such agreements last for the duration of the co-op placement and the hours accumulated during this period may count towards a student's apprenticeship. Students who become registered apprentices under OYAP complete work placements through cooperative education. They learn under the supervision of qualified journey persons.

    For students who are uncertain about which skilled trade they wish to pursue, there is the option of being enrolled as participants rather than as registered apprentices.

    Therefore, OYAP is a viable option for all full time students who are interested in skilled trades careers.

    Benefits

    OYAP allows students to:
    • develop specialized and transferable employment skills
    • apply classroom theory to practical work placements
    • network with local employers to gain employment references
    • get a head start by accumulating apprenticeship hours while still in high school

    Eligibility

    Interested students must:
    • be at least 16 years of age
    • have at least 16 credits
    • be enrolled in school full time (at least 3 credits per semester)
    • work towards an Ontario Secondary School Diploma

    More Information Links

    OYAP Website - http://oyap.com/splash/
    Ontario College of Trades - http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/
    Apprenticeship - https://www.ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship

    Downloadable PDF's

    Pathways to Apprenticeship - PDF
    Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning - PDF
    Building the Workforce of Tomorrow: A Shared Responsibility - PDF
  • Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM)

    Specialist High Skills Majors allows students to customize their learning to match their career interest. These programs are Ministry of Education approved and they focus student learning on specific economic sectors.

    Currently, O'Gorman High School offers two SHSM programs: Construction and Health and Wellness

    In these programs, students must complete:
    • a bundle of 8-10 courses
    • a co-op placement related to their career interest
    • certification and training (done free of charge)
    • reach ahead experience
    • career exploration activities

    SHSM graduates will receive an embossed SHSM seal on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma and a SHSM Record Card that documents the courses, training and certifications earned.

    Benefits

    SHSM programs allow students to:
    • earn sector recognized certifications like First Aid, CPR or Working at Heights
    • network with local employers and develop specialized skills through co-op placements
    • customize their education and connect it to their interests and talents
    • access bursaries available at some post-secondary institutions

    Eligibility

    Interested students must:
    • be in grade 11 or 12
    • complete contextualized learning activities (CLA)
    • be working towards the Ontario Secondary Graduation Diploma

    More Information Links

    Ontario Ministry of Education - http://www.edu.gov.on.ca
    Ontario Ministry of Education - SHSM - http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.html

    Downloadable PDF's

    Specialist High Skills Major Fact Sheet - PDF
    Specialist High Skills Major: Policy and Implementation - PDF
  • Cooperative Education (Co-Op)

    Cooperative education is a Ministry of Education approved program that combines classroom based education with practical work placements. Students may earn multiple credits (two, three, four credits) as they explore a career pathway related to their interests and talents.

    The co-op program includes:
    • pre-placement activities to prepare students for their work placements by creating resumes and cover letters, refining employability skills, and extending their knowledge of important health and safety information
    • work placements where co-op students work and learn under the supervision of their employers
    • integration activities to allow students to reflect on their work experiences and plan next steps in their career pathway

    Benefits

    A co-op placement allows a student to:
    • "try out" a career of interest to determine if he/she wishes to pursue this career
    • connect classroom learning to a practical work setting
    • gain valuable work experience to add to his/her resume
    • develop essential skills and work habits required in the workplace

    Eligibility

    Interested students must:
    • complete a counselling interview with the co-op teacher in collaboration with other school officials

    More Information Links

    Ontario Ministry of Education - http://www.edu.gov.on.ca

    Downloadable PDF's

    Cooperative Education Fact Sheet - PDF
    Cooperative Education and Other Forms of Experiential Learning - PDF Information about School-Work Opportunities - PDF

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