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Apprenticeship / Work

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) in Simcoe County provides students with a fantastic opportunity to begin apprenticeship training while in grade 11 and 12.
The Trade School Initiative and is a joint provincial-federal initiative designed to help future trades people with the complementary skills they will need to find a job or start a business. The site includes information on finding a job, financial resources, tax information, employee rights, employer responsibilities, health and safety tips, trades schools and community colleges, student aid, and career counselling.


An apprenticeship is a training program that combines mostly paid on-the-job work experience with some classroom, theoretical technical training. A qualified journeyperson is responsible for the on-the-job supervising and training.

The first step is to find a suitable employer. The apprentice and employer must register with the province and sign an apprenticeship agreement.  Contact information for the Barrie Regional Office is in Student Services.

To view detailed descriptions of each apprenticeable occupation, click on Apprentice Search.
Students are advised to include at least one co-operative education experience in their senior course selections. Speak to one of our cooperative education teachers to learn how you can earn high school credits while you work towards your apprenticeship certification through OYAP detailed at the link. For more information about co-op and the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, click here.


Whether you are looking for work for the summer, for a period of time while saving for college or university, or to start a career directly in the workplace, the following links will connect you to local services that may assist with job opportunities and job-search skills.
• Government of Canada Job bank
• Barrie Career Centre
• YMCA of Simco/Muskoka- Employment
• Indeed Jobs