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Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program SurveyWarning - this news article expired on 2012-10-12. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable The English language school boards in your area receive funding from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to deliver programing in schools aimed at promoting skilled trades, and encouraging area youth to consider occupations in apprenticeships as they work towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma through OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program). Since its inception the program has had tremendous success, linking secondary school students with employers through cooperative education, which in turn has lead to an increase in the number of apprentices and licensed journeypersons. The biggest impact of OYAP in our communities can not be measured in numbers alone, but rather in social acceptance that skilled trades are a viable alternative to traditional post secondary pathways.

MTCU funding of this program is based on a variety of administration and accountability guidelines that include the creation and chairing of an advisory committee that must include "strong employer commitment to providing oyap/apprenticeship work placements and support the overall administration and delivery of the program. Active employer participation in the program is a key criteria for success. For the past three years, with the support of the local training board, both English language school boards have held bi-annual breakfast meetings with limited attendance and success.

Both school boards are extremely fortunate to work closely with so many fantastic employers, and understand that your time is precious, making it difficult to participate actively on such a committee. For this reason, the OYAP coordinators from both school boards have solicited the local training board for assistance in creating a virtual meeting through the distribution of an online survey, that will allow us to gather information so that we may bring about positive changes to the way our programs are delivered. The Survey Monkey (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3BFVZ5K) questionnaire will only take a few minutes, but will provide us invaluable information to pass along to area schools, principals, coop teacher and the MTCU. Deadline for submitting your questionnaire is Friday October 12. All surveys completed by this date will be eligible for a $50.00 gas card.

Thank you for your continued support of coop, oyap and other forms of experiencial learning. Please feel free to contact one of the OYAP coordinators should you have any questions.

Dan Lortie                                 Alex MacDougall
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