Accelerated Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Program Description:

Accelerated OYAP programs are significantly different from most Dual Credit courses offered at George Brown College in terms of the application process, level of commitment, and class schedule. These programs are for students who have a serious interest pursuing a career in the Skilled Trades. The programs are offered to students who are currently registered as full-time students in high school, are about to graduate, and are planning a career in the Skilled trades. George Brown College offers three Accelerated OYAP programs each year:

  • Construction and Maintenance Electrician Apprentice
  • Plumber Apprentice
  • Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Apprentice

The schooling provided is the Level 1 of trade school for apprentice training.

Program Details:

Students register for Co-op at their high school during the Winter semester. For 8 consecutive weeks during the semester, usually during March and April, they will attend a full-time program at George Brown College delivered at the Casa Loma campus. Classes are held Monday to Friday resulting in 240 hours of training. If classes are scheduled during March Break, students are required to attend classes that week. Students must pass all courses to achieve the Level One.

Construction & Maintenance Electrician Apprentice

In the Construction & Maintenance Electrician program, students will enroll in courses such as: Electrical Code, Installation Methods, Instrumentation, Prints and Electronics.

Plumber Apprentice

In Plumber Apprentice program, students will enroll in courses such as: Plumbing Systems, Tools and Piping Methods, Trade Calculations, Workplace Safety, Rigging and Hoisting, Trade Documentation, and Welding.

Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Apprentice

In this program, students will enroll in courses such as: Mechanical Cooling Cycle Fundamentals, Mechanical Cooling Cycle Components, Electrical Fundamentals, Trade Practices, and Pipe Joining Installation and System Start-up and Welding.

All of three programs have an extensive lab/shop component which students must attend in order to successfully complete their Level 1 training. Students have the opportunity to learn valuable skills that may be beneficial towards finding employment in the industry.

Admission Requirements:

Students interested in these programs must first submit an application to the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) Coordinator at their school board. Please see the Co-operative Education teacher at your secondary school to begin the application process. Candidates chosen for consideration may be required to go through an interview/testing process with a selection committee.


  • Students can earn up to two Dual Credits that count towards their OSSD requirements.
  • If successful in all courses, students will achieve their Level 1 Apprenticeship training
  • The program is free (transportation, textbooks, and student fees are covered)
  • Students will be registered George Brown college students and receive a student number and identification card
  • Access to all college services (Gym, Library, Computer labs) and events
  • An official transcript will be provided at the end of the course upon request
  • For further information about all Accelerated OYAP programs, contact your School Board representative or OYAP Coordinator below:

George Brown Contacts:

Grace Whang
SCWI Program Coordinator
Tel: 416-415-5000 ext. 2678

Shelagh Taber Walsh
Program Coordinator, Educational Projects
Tel: 416-415-5000 ext. 6175

School Board Contacts:

Toronto District School Board

Matthew Bradley
Coordinator: OYAP Secondary Pathways 7-12
140 Borough Drive, 2nd Floor
Toronto, ON M6M 3P1
Phone: (647) 467-9744

Toronto Catholic District School Board

Caterina Maietta
OYAP Project Lead
80 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON M2N 6E8
Phone: (416) 222-8282

York Region District School Board

Lori Rice
Curriculum Coordinator, Community Based Education
60 Wellington Street West
Aurora, ON L4G 3H3
Phone: 905-727-3141

York Catholic District School Board

Sean Lamothe
OYAP Coordinator

Peel District School Board

Kerri Hagerman
OYAP Coordinator
5650 Hurontario St.
Mississauga, ON L5R 1C6
Phone (905) 890-1010 x 2525 / Fax: (905) 890-3298

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Joseph Dacosta
OYAP Coordinator
Phone: (905)-890-0708 x 24524