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Green Building

Workforce development skills training in sustainable trades

Start your career in sustainable trades.

This program is a hands-on introduction to the trades, the core competencies in green design and building principles. Participants will gain hands on training with real-time projects led by certified trade practitioners.


Youth aged 15-30 facing barriers to education and employment with upward mobility. Must be eligible to work in Canada, current students are not eligible.


Hands on, residential, paid work experience and skills training in carpentry, and an introduction to trade skills.


Green Building is available at our campuses in Durham, Ontario, Kimberly, Ontario and Perth-Andover, New Brunswick.


Programs run for 6 weeks at a time on a rolling basis throughout the year.


Complete the application form and tell us why you think you are a good fit for the program!


  • Trades Math
  • Environmental Literacy 
  • Basic Carpentry 
  • Trade skills
  • Basic carpentry 
  • Green construction technology
  • Energy conservation & efficiency

Brilliant futures start here.


get paid to learn

Spend 6 weeks living, learning and working at one of our beautiful campuses developing skills for your future career and getting paid for your time.

build a support network

Everyone who interacts with Elephant Thoughts becomes part of an international family of incredible humans who will be there to support you along your journey.

invest in yourself

Gain incredible experiences, skills, certifications and connections that will help you achieve your career and life goals.

Let's get down to the nitty gritty


– Legally able to work in Canada

– Not currently enrolled in high school or post secondary education

– Between the ages of 15 and 30

The ideal candidate for this program is an individual with a passion to learn and grow but faces barriers (social, geographic, mental, physical, economic, etc.)  to achieving their goals. 

30 hours of training or working time per week for 6-8 weeks. 

Youth participants must complete WHIMIS for all programs and an online food handling course for culinary arts, prior to gaining access to the program. All costs will be covered by Elephant Thoughts.​

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