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Budding Brunels with Argent at King’s Cross: A volunteer’s perspective

Argent and Construction Youth Trust have worked together in King’s Cross over a number of years with the aim of inspiring diverse young talent about career opportunities within the construction industry.

Budding Brunels is an Open College Network London (OCN) accredited course that gives young people, from a diverse range of backgrounds, an insight into the Built Environment, and provides industry-led careers advice from professionals in the field. Our aim is to inform students of the variety of careers available within the construction industry and help them improve their...

Piece in the Guardian from a Budding Brunels student

One of our brilliant Budding Brunels students, Tayo, wrote an excellent piece for the Guardian about her thoughts on being a female engineer and her experiences on the Budding Brunels Rail course.

You can read the original here .

As a female engineer, I aim to design rockets. I want other girls to be equally ambitious. Being the only girl to do an engineering diploma in my school year group has not stood in the way of my ambition to design aeroplanes or work at Nasa.

Each time I tell a friend that I’m studying engineering because I want to design aeroplanes, I get...

Budding Brunels in Partnership with Great Western Railway

We recently joined forces with GWR to deliver two Budding Brunels courses in South Wales with the aim of raising awareness of professional opportunities within the construction industry for young people.

Budding Brunels is an Open College Network London (OCN) accredited course that gives young people from a variety of backgrounds an insight into the Built Environment, and provides industry-led careers advice from professionals in the field.

22 young people (aged 17-18 years old) from 4 schools attended the first course in Newport/Cardiff and 15 young people from 6 different...

Case Study: Ashnee

Ashnee recently completed a 1 week architectural work experience placement at Squire & Partners after completing the Budding Brunels programme.

We met Ashnee when she participated in the Budding Brunels course with British Land at Clarges in January 2017. She is currently 17 and in lower sixth form studying for her International Baccalaureate.

After excelling on the Budding Brunels programme, she was offered a 1-week work experience placement with Squire and Partners over the Easter holidays. Squire and Partners is an award-winning architectural practice which has been...

Celebrating the ‘Budding Brunels Rail’ Project

This week Construction Youth Trust invited students, teachers and industry partners to the London Transport Museum to celebrate our successful ‘Budding Brunels Rail’ Project

The programme was developed as a bespoke Budding Brunels project with a specific focus on the rail industry - to inform and inspire young people aged 16-19 to consider professional careers within the construction and rail industries and to support the Trust’s focus on building a more diverse workforce.

Each 3-day workshop was supported by construction professionals who helped inform students...

Guest Blog from Victoria Brambini at Scape Procure

Women: the key to unlocking construction resources post-Brexit

This week we have a guest blog post from Victoria Brambini, Managing Director at Scape Procure.

Scape Group have been great supporters of the Trust over the past 12 months, specifically with the #notjustforboys campaign. Last year they supported the Trust by sponsoring the #notjustforboys: Women in Construction report with the Smith Institute, and Victoria Brambini was one of our expert panel at the #notjustforboys break-out session at the Construction Industry Summit.

In the following piece, Victoria...

Introduction to Property Development - Dragon’s Den

Our ‘Introduction to Property Development’ programme in partnership with Land Securities came to a head last week when our two teams of A-level students pitched their development plans to a panel of dragons which included senior employees from Land Securities, Hobs Studio, Wilkinson Eyre, and Mace.

Developed in partnership with Land Securities, Construction Youth Trust’s bespoke Introduction to Property Development course has been specially designed to introduce students in years 11-13 to the processes and the job roles involved in developing or redeveloping property and...

Construction Youth Trust announced as Mace Foundation Charity Partner

We are very proud to announce that Construction Youth Trust has been selected as one of Mace Foundations strategic charity partners for the next 3 years.

Over the last four years the Mace Foundation has donated £1.6 million to over 200 charities and worthy causes. This is helping drive forward Mace’s ambition to make a real and sustainable difference to the lives of disadvantaged people and communities where Mace works.

The Mace Foundation 2016 Annual Review has now been published. Highlights of the report include £380,000 donated to charities, the results of...

International Womens Day: Guest Blog post from Karina Williams

The Joy of Placemaking By Karina Williams, Sustainability Manager at British Land

Recently, a group of students visiting our Clarges development asked about life as a woman in the construction industry. For me, the answer is that I love my job! I enjoy the variety it involves and, even though construction is quite male dominated, it offers great opportunities for everyone, female or male.

Here are my top things about life in construction:

Watching a building rise out of the ground – it’s inspiring. I feel proud when I see buildings developed by British Land,...

International Womens Day: Guest Blog post from Faye Young

It’s International Women’s Day and Faye Young, Regional Manager (London and South East) for SCS Group , looks at how there are many opportunities for women in construction – and at how we can show young people it really is a great industry to work in…

The fact that I stumbled across a career in construction by sheer chance is a tell-tale sign. It demonstrates the reality that our industry is not at the forefront for women choosing a career and the problem extends to young people in general. Construction isn’t seen as a “cool” or “...

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