Youth Apprenticeship Programs


High school curriculum have incorporated career exploration and planning to better prepare students for today’s job market. Attention has also been given to in-school trade curriculum as well as apprenticeship or co-op programs. While not all provinces have a trade-focused youth apprenticeship programs, most have a work experience program available to youths 16 years and older. Upon successful completion of the program, credit is obtained towards future apprenticeship.

Apprenticeships traditionally begin after high school graduation. However, some students identify their career interests early and are eager to learn and enter their future trade while still in high school. Students participating in the youth apprenticeship program are both full-time students and registered apprentices. The students divide their time between an approved work placement and their high school studies. The time the participating student spends at school and at the work site can be flexible. The youth apprenticeship program ends when the apprentice completes high school. The apprentice is then automatically registered as a regular apprentice and the credit earned from participating in the youth apprenticeship program is applied to the regular apprenticeship program.


Alberta Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP)

British Columbia
Discover, Explore, Train and Work
Youth Train in Trades

High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP)
Youth Build Program

New Brunswick Teen Apprentice Program (NBTAP)

Northwest Territories Schools North Apprenticeship Program (SNAP)

Nova Scotia
Options and Opportunities (O2)

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Prince Edward Island Accelerated Secondary Youth Apprenticeship Program (ASAP)

Quebec Vocation and technical education programs

Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship (SYA)

Yukon Secondary School Apprenticeship Training program