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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Are you thinking about a career in construction? Are you a hands-on learner? Do you like to travel and work with a team? Are you interested in earning above an average wage?

It can be hard to figure out what you want to do but Building Futures for Youth can be your opportunity to explore your options, earn high school co-op credits, apprenticeship hours, NSCC scholarship opportunities and get paid for your summer work placement.

Got more questions? Click for answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions, such as:

  • How do I apply?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Will I need to buy any special equipment?
  • What’s included in the training?…. and more

General Timeline

  • Presentations will be made to students and teachers –  September through December
  • Applications are due by the dates listed below – December (typically prior to holiday break)
  • Interview Preparation Workshops and Interviews – February through March
  • Accepted students and their parents attend an info session – May
  • NSCC Training week 1 – May
  • NSCC Training week 2 – June
  • Summer Work Placements – July & August

Application Deadlines

AVRSB      Dec 21
CBVRSB    Dec 16
CCRSB      Dec 16
HRSB        Dec 15
SRSB         Dec 16
SSRSB      Dec 16
TCRSB      Dec 16

Please Note: CSAP deadlines will vary by the board they are located in geographically


Interviews will take place at a central location in your school board and will last approximately 20-30 minutes. You will be interviewed by a CANS representative, a school board representative and potentially one industry representative. All interviews will take place during school hours.

Click here for some interview tips and sample questions.