Building Careers From the Ground Up

Building Careers From the Ground Up: Construction Program

This is a unique six credit, all day, full semester program. It provides students with the opportunity to experience the many skills and trades available in the home building industry. Students have the opportunity to earn six credits in Senior Construction Technology through in class and cooperative education modes of delivery. Students will also obtain Fall Protection Training and WHMIS Certification. In the process, they will construct a house from the foundation up, together with one of our community partners. This program started 7 years ago with a house being built for Homes By DeSantis in Stoney Creek. Since the program started we have built one house a year, partnering with John Bruce Robinson Construction Ltd. in Binbrook, and most recently with New Horizon Homes.

Students will:

  • Develop skills necessary for success in the highly competitive world of home construction.
  • Be eligible for apprenticeship opportunities through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).
  • Develop critical skills that are transferable to any post secondary destination and the world of work.
  • Make contact with potential employers for future employment.

Long days and relevant Co-op placements allow students to earn up to 6 credits.

Note: Program participants will not be attending Westmount for the semester, but will be cross-enrolled at Saltfleet

Important: Westmount students should ensure that they have means for transportation to Saltfleet for the in-school work and/or the construction site that students are placed at that semester.


Application Process:

  • You will need to complete the application process around mid-term the semester before you are timetabled for this program (e.g. November if applying for the Semester 2 program; April if applying for the Semester 1 program)
  • Obtain an application package from your Guidance Counselor or the Co-op teacher
  • The application package includes: student info sheet, student questionnaire, teacher reference, resume, transcript
  • Submit the completed package to your Guidance Counselor or the Co-op teacher to submit to HWDSB
  • Attend an interview

–       Wait to hear if you have been accepted to the program

Note: Applicants are often received on a first-come first-served basis. If the program is full, late applications will not be accepted. Submit your application early!