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Building Futures for Youth

The Building Futures for Youth program is designed to give high school students an opportunity to safely explore a career in Nova Scotia’s construction industry.
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Become A Host Employer

As an employer in Nova Scotia’s construction industry, you realize the need to develop an retain our future workforce. By investing in an employment term, you will support local youth in construction, identify potential future employees and invest in your own company’s succession plan, and establish lasting relationships with schools, teachers, students and their families in your community.

Why Hire a BFY Student:

  • As an employer in Nova Scotia’s construction industry, you realize the need to develop and retain our future workforce. By investing in a 5-7 week employment term, you can:
  • Identify potential future employees and invest in your own company’s succession plan
  • Support local youth in construction industry career exploration
  • Establish lasting relationships with schools, teachers, students and their families in your community
  • Receive publicized recognition for supporting the BFY program
  • Gain a summer employee who is prepared to work
  • Receive CANS member incentives such as web advertising, education credits, printing services, member events, and many more.

All BFY Students Are:

  • Pre-screened through a rigorous application process
  • Motivated and well prepared to work safely
  • Minimum 16 years of age with a valid SIN
  • Registered as a pre-apprentice and will not affect the Journeyperson ratio at your company
  • Issued temporary work permits by the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency for compulsory certified trades
  • Provided safety training at NSCC and have their own PPE (safety boots, hard hat, safety glasses, vests and gloves)
  • Certified in OH&S, WHMIS, First Aid/CPR, Fall Protection, and Staging and Scaffolding training. Made aware of Confined Spaces and Traffic Control.

Your Committment:

  • You have the option to attend student interviews to meet with potential employees, or you can save time and trust BFY to match you with the right candidate.
  • Students start their work placement in early July and work until mid-August (5-7 weeks).
  • We suggest fair market wages, but salary amounts are the decision of the employer. The student must be added to your WCB but is also covered by SIP (School Insurance Program).
  • The student is subject to the same rules of work as all other employees. Employment can be terminated at any time if expectations are not being met.

Wage Subsidy Program:

Recognizing that some companies may have the desire but lack the resources to become a Host Employer, BFY has initiated a Wage Subsidy Program. Our goal is to help provide meaningful career-related work experiences in the construction industry. If you would like to offer a summer position but funding is an issue, talk to us about how we can help.

 

Ready to become a Host Employer? Contact:

Lori Rogers
Tel: 902-468-2267 ext 710
Email:  lrogers@cans.ns.ca