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Carly Holmstead

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Transcript of SHSM & OYAP

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
Special High Skills Majors

Who are they for?
Grade 11 or 12 students looking to customize their high school career to better fit their interests
students looking for a more hands on experience
What sectors can a student earn a SHSM?

Schools can apply to the Ministry of Education to offer SHSMs in a variety of sectors, including: Agriculture,
Arts & Culture, Business, Community Safety and Emergency Services, Construction, The Environment,
Health and Wellness, Hospitality and Tourism, Horticulture and Landscaping, Information and
Communications Technology, Manufacturing, Mining, and Transportation. Schools must receive approval
from the Ministry of Education before they can offer an SHSM

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 journey persons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.

About SHSM
The SHSM is a specialized, ministry-approved program
that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
SHSM programs help prepare students for post
secondary in their specialized fields.
customizes schooling to the student strengths and abilities
develop essential skills
remains flexible, in the event that a student wishes to change programs
•To provide students with the opportunity
to start training in a skilled trade while completing the requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma;

•To enable students to make the school to work transition by direct entry into apprenticeship training;

•To provide employers with the opportunity to train the skilled workers they require;

•To provide a viable solution to address the problem of skilled tradespeople shortages in general, and specifically the lack of young people joining the trades.

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) offers students a chance to attend school and train as registered apprentices at the same time. Students are able to complete their credits required for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and gain apprenticeship training leading to a Certificate of Qualification in a skilled trade at the same time. The program is available to students who are at least 16 years of age and who have completed 16 credits.

Students are selected for apprenticeship opportunities in the following manner:

•OYAP works in consultation with the high school Guidance Department, Cooperative Education teacher and subject teacher in the identification of suitable candidates;

•Once students are identified, they are referred to employers for interviews;

•Students who successfully pass an interview are placed with the employer on a trial basis.

What is the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)?
How it Works...
The Goals of OYAP are...
My name is Ainsley and I am in the OYAP program at M.M.Robinson high school for hairstyling and aesthetics. In my opinion this is a great opportunity if your interested in going into hair, makeup, and aesthetics. In this 2- 2 and a half year program you learn everything from how to wash, cut, and style hair, to how to do natural makeup, to glamor, to fantasy makeup. We also learn manicure and pedicure procedures, as well as how to take care of your skin, hair, and nails, safety regulations, and how to start your own business. I decided to go into this program seeing as I would like to go into the industry, specifically towards being a makeup artist. The good things about this program are that you get on the job training during your apprenticeship, as well as the opportunity to get paid for it. You also develop amazing friendships with people in your class who all have the same interest with you, as well as the teacher who will also teach you all the "tricks of the trade". Another positive aspect is that the government will pay for 80% of your tuition after you have completed the program. The cons to going into this program are that it does cost approximately 300 dollars to get into and you must have an interview to be accepted. It is also a long program (2 to and a half years), so you must stay committed. Lastly, this program is only offered at three schools in Burlington, so you don't have much flexibility if you live far away. Over all, I am looking forward to continuing in this program.
Chef Mario Scozzafava of Saint Michael Catholic High School in Niagara Falls was an inspiration for student Brendan Tanner Murray. Through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program, he participated in cooking classes, completed the SHSM program, and was registered with the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) as an apprentice cook. He received the Aramark Food Services Bursary when he graduated.

Brendan registered with apprenticesearch.com in 2008 and received assistance with developing his résumé and interview skills, and applying for an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant. He continued his apprenticeship with NPC under the direction of executive chef Paul Pennock. As a result of his work ethic and community volunteer work, Brendan received a scholarship and was named Apprentice of the Year in 2009.
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