Thank you for your interest in the Building Futures for Youth program.
Applications for our 2021 program year closed on Friday, February 26.


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.

Building Futures for Youth – Learn More

Check out these promotional videos that will help you understand more about the Building Futures for Youth program, career and industry opportunities available to you, and how to apply.

Program Overview & Benefits

Learn more about the BFY program and its benefits, including what the program will provide you with to be successful, and what you’ll receive as you explore your career in construction. You’ll also hear from two past alumni about their experiences with the program, their work placement, and where they are now.

Career & Industry Exploration

Learn more about the types of construction careers you can pursue and industry opportunities available to you; designated trades and steps to becoming a registered apprentice; and hear from a past BFY host employer about how the program can help you on your career journey.

Application Process

Learn about the BFY program application stages, eligibility requirements, how to apply, interview and information sessions, and the safety training you’ll receive. You’ll also hear from a past BFY alum about why she applied to the program and pursuing her future career in construction.

Program Overview & Benefits (French)

Apprenez-en davantage sur Bâtir un avenir pour les jeunes, y compris des informations sur le programme et ses avantages, ce que vous recevrez en explorant votre carrière dans la construction et écoutez les anciens anciens élèves parler de leur expérience.

Career & Industry Exploration (French)

Apprenez-en davantage sur Bâtir un avenir pour les jeunes, y compris les types de carrières dans la construction que vous pouvez poursuivre et les opportunités du secteur qui vous sont offertes. Vous en apprendrez également sur les métiers désignés, les étapes à suivre pour devenir apprenti inscrit et entendrez un ancien employeur hôte du BFY vous expliquer comment le programme peut vous aider dans votre cheminement de carrière.

Application Process (French)

Apprenez-en davantage sur le programme Bâtir un avenir pour les jeunes, y compris les étapes de la demande, les conditions d’éligibilité, la procédure de candidature, les séances d’entretien et d’information, ainsi que la formation en matière de sécurité que vous recevrez. Vous entendrez également un ancien diplômé de BFY expliquer pourquoi elle a postulé au programme et poursuit sa future carrière dans la construction.

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 even offer you advice on how to prepare. Students will also need to complete the Community Reference Form (also available in French) and the Teacher Reference Form (also available in French) prior to and in preparation for their interview. This Interview Prep package will help you prepare for your interview.

If you’re accepted into the program, there will be a family information session to fully explain the program and answer any questions you or your family may have.

You’ll also attend a mandatory safety course at your local NSCC Campus in the Spring and you must be available to work by July.

Building Futures for Youth – Family Information Session

Check out Building Futures for Youth and the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency’s virtual family information sessions videos below.

Building Futures for Youth

Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency

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