The Building Futures for Youth Program is designed primarily for students enrolled in Options and Opportunities (O2) and Co-Operative Education courses that focus on Construction/Trade/Technology and Community-Bases Learning courses. You must be:
In grade 10 or 11
16 years of age by May of your enrollment year
Registered in Co-op or O2 program
Please speak to a teacher if you are not registered but are interested in BFY.
September: Students attend an information session presented by CANS at local high schools.
December: Application deadline
December/January: Interview Prep Workshop – Presentation of effective interview techniques for all students selected for an interview.
February: Student interviews
April: Family Orientation Sessions – Evening Q&A session for family members of students participating in the program. Representatives from CANS, Dept. of Education, Apprenticeship and NSCC are in attendance.
May: Student training at NSCC – Week 1
June: Student training at NSCC – Week 2
July: Students begin 7-week paid work term with employers.
*Please note that attendance is mandatory at all meetings, workshops and training. Failure to attend will result in removal from program.
Receive a broad base of exposure to various tools and equipment.
Be assisted in defining their career choices, as well as transition planning to post-secondary education/ and or work.
Receive an appropriate level of safety, experiential learning and training specific to the construction trades.
Gain an understanding of the Apprenticeship Model; be registered as a Construction Trades Pre-Apprentice.
Have the opportunity of career exploration in the construction trades.
Experience learning at NSCC, while being exposed to its programs, faculty, and facilities.
Be exposed to role models/potential mentors
Earn up to 3 Co-op credits towards your high school diploma
Potentially register as a Youth Apprentice and have their paid work placement hours credited towards Youth apprenticeship according to the Department of Labour and Advanced Education-Apprenticeship Training Division guidelines.
Have paid work for up to 7-weeks of placement
Certification in Fall Protection and scaffolding awareness for Construction Safety Nova Scotia
Training evaluations from NSCC
Construction Trades Pre-Apprenticeship ID card
Final workplace evaluation from their employer
Certificate of Participation from CANS (upon successful completion of the program).
Workplace injuries occur every day. That’s why all BFY participants are required to complete a two-week safety training program with NSCC faculty and Construction Safety Nova Scotia. After completing the course, students receive an NSCC Construction Safety Awareness Certificate and are ready to get to work! This training could cost you hundreds of dollars down the road if you were to do it on your own – as a BFY student, you will receive this training at no cost.
Online Training in WHMIS, OH&S, First Aid/CPR prior to arriving at NSCC
NSCC Construction Safety Awareness Certificates, which include Fall Protection, Scaffolding, Electricity, Confined Spaces, Traffic Control, Tool Box ID, Hand & Power Tools, Documents/Drawings, Trades Match and more
Construction Safety Nova Scotia certificates in Fall Arrest Worker & Scaffolding Awareness
Just like any entry level worker, BFY students are Trades Helpers who can assist in multiple ways. Past students have held their own with roofing crews, working at heights with a lanyard. Our student have been assigned client projects in welding shops, worked with outdoor crews laying pipe or digging fence post holes, or pulling cable to wire a new residential building. Our youth are capable of more than merely cleaning and organizing, but they come to work with the right attitude and expecting manual labour.
BFY students are also co-op students, which mean that they are prohibited from operating a vehicle during work hours, even for simple tasks such as pulling a truck around to be loaded with materials. They are responsible for getting themselves to and from work each day, but some may be relying on a drive to drop them off/pick them up; traveling to various sites throughout the day may require they be able to travel with another worker.
It’s important to remember that BFY students are still in high school, and not at the same experience level as a post-secondary graduate apprentice. With the exception of safety gear, many may not own their own tools. However, what they lack in experience they make up for in attitude; our students are eager to learn and looking for a challenge!
We strive very hard to ensure that Host Employers are not overwhelmed by administrative paperwork. Anything that comes from the BFY program itself is streamlined for ease of use and consists mostly of a two-sided document at the beginning of the agreement, and another to evaluate the completion of it.
As the students are also earning co-operative credit courses for high school, there are a few more forms that their teacher will require be filled out. These are generally done at the initial in-person meeting to begin the summer placement, and the teacher will assist.
If you apply for a wage subsidy, there will be additional forms required. However, those are also created to be very user friendly and take little effort to complete.
The BFY program does not dictate wages, the Employer does. Since students are not only earning a paycheque for their labour, but also gaining co-op and pre-apprenticeship credits, they are instructed to view minimum wage as fair. However, we ask Employers to consider the type of labour students are asked to do and pay fair market wages accordingly.
The work placement takes place during the high school summer break of July and August. Students may not start before the first week of July but could begin a little later if a flexible start date is required.
Approximately 200-220 hours of on-the-job hours complete the program, but individual work schedules will vary. Some students may complete the program in as little as five full time 40-hour weeks, while others may need longer. Even when the program requirements are met, the employer and student do not need to part ways if continued employment is mutually agreed upon.
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