Accelerated Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

Program Description:

Accelerated OYAP Level 1 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 (3) Accelerated OYAP programs each year:

  • Construction and Maintenance Electrician Apprentice
  • Plumber Apprentice
  • Refrigeration & 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 for the Winter semester. If accepted into the Accelerated OYAP program, they will attend a full-time program at George Brown College for 8 consecutive weeks during the semester.  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. All Accelerated OYAP Level 1 programs have an extensive lab/shop component which students must attend in order to successfully complete their Level 1 training and students must pass all courses to achieve the Level One.  Students have the opportunity to learn valuable skills that may be beneficial towards finding employment in the industry.  In-person lab courses are held at George Brown’s Casa Loma campus (146 Kendal Avenue, Toronto.)

Construction & Maintenance Electrician Apprentice (309A)

In the Construction & Maintenance Electrician Level 1 program, students will enroll in courses such as: Electrical Code, Installation Methods, Instrumentation, Prints and Electronics.

Plumber Apprentice (306A)

In the Plumber Apprentice Level 1 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.

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Apprentice (313A)

In this Level 1 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.  The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Level 1 program is a general program which covers basic components of commercial and residential air conditioning.  For Levels 2 & 3, students will choose between the commercial air conditioning and residential air conditioning pathways.

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.

Benefits:

  • 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
Email: gwhang@georgebrown.ca
Tel: 416-415-5000 ext. 2678

Shelagh Taber Walsh
Program Coordinator, Educational Projects
Email: staberwalsh@georgebrown.ca
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
Email: matthew.bradley@tdsb.on.ca

Toronto Catholic District School Board

Caterina Maietta
OYAP Lead Teacher
80 Sheppard Avenue East
Toronto, ON M2N 6E8
Phone: (416) 222-8282
Email: caterina.maietta@tcdsb.org

York Region District School Board

Linda Alati
Pathways Consultant, Co-op/OYAP
60 Wellington Street West
Aurora, ON L4G 3H3
Phone: 416 969-7170, ext. 3360
Email: linda.alati@yrdsb.ca

York Catholic District School Board

Lou Paonessa
c/o OYAP program 
320 Bloomington Road West, 
Aurora, ON L4G 0M1
Email: lou.paonessa@ycdsb.ca

Peel District School Board

Alan Rogers
OYAP Coordinator
5650 Hurontario St.
Mississauga, ON L5R 1C6
Phone (905) 890-1010 x 2525 
Email: alan.rogers@peelsb.com

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

Joseph DaCosta
Academic Consultant
Experiential Learning, OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) & Technological Education
Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board 
40 Matheson Boulevard West, Mississauga ON L5R 1C5
Email: joseph.dacosta@dpcdsb.org