Building Futures for Youth is a competitive summer co-op program for returning high school students. Successful applicants are trained with industry specific safety courses and matched with a local company for paid summer employment. At the same time, students have the support of a supervising teacher and are earning credits toward their education. Students are also learning about the apprenticeship model and earning credit towards a future apprenticeship, should they choose to pursue a career in the trades.

The BFY 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-based learning courses. Students not currently enrolled in co-op must be committed and able to complete a 25-hour in-class component. Speak to your teacher for more information.

Students – What’s in it for you?

  • 200 hours of PAID work experience in the construction industry
  • Earn up to three full high school co-operative credits
  • Register as a construction trades pre-apprentice and earn up to 300 hours with the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency
  • Safety gear and training provided at no cost to you
  • NSCC scholarship opportunities for alumni
  • Helpful feedback on your resume and interview skills from industry professionals
  • The chance to make lasting connections with local construction companies
  • Gain valuable knowledge to help make informed decisions about your future career

1. Eligibility

Are you eligible?

Open to Students in grades 10 & 11
Must be 16 years of age by May 1st with a valid SIN
Should be registered in co-op or O2 (must be able to complete a 25 hour in school pre-placement component)

3. What Now?

What to expect after you apply.

BFY guarantees an interview for every student that completes an application by the deadline. We’ll offer you advice on how to prepare and then meet with you in person. If you’re accepted into the program, there will be a family orientation session to fully explain the program and answer any questions you or your family may have. You’ll attend a mandatory safety course at your local NSCC Campus in the Spring and you must be available to work by July.

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