News & events

Skills:Building a Brighter Future

Infrastructure work: An opportunity to give young school leavers construction skills training.

Executive Director Christine Townley features in New Civil Engineer,an article focussing on infrastructure and helping young people into employment:

The construction industry received a boost this month with Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that there would be further investment in infrastructure.

However, we need to capitalise on this investment to ensure we create a workforce of tomorrow and address the skills gap, which is threatening the industry. The...

Construction companies offer Hackney students work placements through inspiring careers-based programme

Twenty two Year 12 students from Hackney schools participated in a three-day OCN accredited Budding Brunels course hosted by British Land and Blackstone.

The course introduced them to leading industry professionals from British Land, M3, Mace, Buro Happold, Make, DP9, Arup and Broadgate Estates and provided access to the £340m 5 Broadgate site. Following completion of the course, seven students were offered work placements in the fields of civil engineering, structural engineering, architecture, property management, development management and cost consultancy.


Oxford's Budding Brunels given access to New Bodleian redevelopment

Mace and Construction Youth Trust offer accredited placement opportunities on historic site

Construction Youth Trust in partnership with international consultancy and construction company Mace recently provided an un-paralleled insight into the development of a major restoration project, providing students from local schools the opportunity to take part in a 3-day Budding Brunels course centered around Oxford’s Weston library site. The accredited Open College Network programme features summer work placements with Mace for participants who excel on the project.


Budding Brunels offered work placements with VINCI Construction UK at Streatham site

30 Year 12 students from Lambeth recently took part in a Budding Brunels project with Construction Youth Trust supported by VINCI Construction UK.

Budding Brunels is an OCN accredited 3-day schools engagement programme aimed at informing and engaging young students from non-privileged backgrounds who are researching their higher education options and considering career paths within the built environment.

On the first day of the programme students from Dunraven School, Lambeth College and Lilian Baylis met with representatives from VINCI Construction UK at the Southbank...

Budding Brunels course receives endorsement from Institution of Civil Engineers

ICE President Richard Coakley has backed the Trust’s flagship schools engagement programme.

He stated: “The Institution of Civil Engineers is pleased to endorse Construction Youth Trust’s Budding Brunels programme, a significant schools engagement project supporting students from non-privileged backgrounds into the construction industry. The ICE is committed to promoting diversity within Civil Engineering, and recognises the achievements of Budding Brunels in working with high numbers of young people from ethnic and gender groups currently under-represented in the...

Budding Brunels Supporting Social Mobility

Director of the Trust Christine Townley on how disadvantaged young people are still missing out on job opportunities.

Most people will be surprised by the OECD’s latest findings that Britain has some of the lowest social mobility in the developed world. Sadly, I am not. Every day the Construction Youth Trust works in communities where we see disadvantaged young people missing out on chances for employment and further education. This month’s government paper, the Milburn Report, also highlights a lack of progress in key areas such as: awareness and aspiration raising in...

Engaging Schools with Industry - Year 12 Students visit Welsh Senedd and Delve into Careers in Construction

Year 12 students across the UK are being given first-hand insight into careers in construction thanks to VINCI Construction UK and Construction Youth Trust.

Last week students were treated to an exclusive tour of the Welsh Senedd - a ground breaking VINCI Construction UK build famed for its innovative approach to design and sustainability. They also had the opportunity to visit VINCI Construction UK’s Adam Street student accommodation redevelopment and nearby fire station.

Prior to the site visits the students had met with VINCI Construction UK at the University of...

Tunnelling into the World of Construction – Year 12 Students visit Crossrail with VINCI Construction UK Ltd

Year 12 students across in East London have been given first-hand insight into careers in construction thanks to Construction Youth Trust and VINCI Construction UK Ltd.

‘Budding Brunels’ is an OCN accredited 3-day schools engagement programme aimed at engaging and informing young students who are exploring their higher education options and considering career paths.

On Monday 5th March students met personnel from VINCI Construction UK at the University of East London, Docklands Campus, for an interactive day of seminars and Q&A sessions that introduced the...

Here Come the Girls!

Showing the way forward for equality and diversity Construction Youth Trust hosts construction careers day for school girls in Islington.

50 Year 9 students from Mount Carmel Technology College for girls attended the event at the Platform Youth Hub in Islington where they received an insight into the wide variety of opportunities available in the built environment.

The girls listened to senior industry figures who shared valuable perspectives and their own experiences about their roles in construction as well as tackling some of the stereotypes often associated with the...

Worshipful Company of Paviors Support Southwark's Budding Brunels

The Worshipful Company of Paviors have supported yet another Budding Brunels Plus with students in Southwark benefitting from the latest programme.

After a highly successful programme in Tower Hamlets, we were delighted to have 24 new students from City of London Academy and Charter School join the programme, with continued participation from Cambridge Heath Sixth Form.

The three day workshop took place at the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, London, where the students took part in interactive sessions with construction companies Balfour Beatty, Tarmac...