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Provider Network at City of Westminster

On the 14th March we attended a networking event organised by Westminster City Council to discuss ways that could help young people from all backgrounds gain access to local employment opportunities.

Local organisations as well as employers attended the event to explore how we could all work collaboratively and provide opportunities for young people. The discussion was around 3 topics; tackling in work poverty, developing a quality employment service and the growth of apprenticeships in Westminster. The group discussed local apprenticeships and the challenges of how we can do more to...

Big Bang Fair at St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls

As part of British Science Week and Big Bang Fair , we participated in an event organised by St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls to excite pupils about STEM subjects and inspire them to consider science or engineering careers.

We arrived at school early to introduce an acoustic engineering activity to a group of girls, so that they would be able to present it to visitors during the event. Starting with an introduction to the subject, we used different recycling materials, such as bubble wrap and carpet to check which is the most absorbent. Students engaged very quickly, started...

Tradeswomen into Maintenance Project

We attended an event hosted by Baroness Smith of Basildon to celebrate the work of the Tradeswomen into Maintenance Project by Mears

The Tradeswomen into Maintenance project aims to increase the awareness of trade employment and training opportunities for female trade apprentices and operatives in the social housing building maintenance sector. It intends to increase the number of females working in trades and help employers understand how they can best retain women in this non-traditional area of work, once they have been recruited.

We were pleased to attend the event earlier this...

Schools Partnership Industry Launch

Launching our new Schools Partnership strategy with cross industry partners

With many major infrastructure projects and house-building programmes underway across the UK, most partners in the construction industry are well aware of the skills shortage challenge. However, low awareness and out-dated perception of our industry among young people, teachers and parents means encouraging young people into the built environment sector is not happening as effectively as industry might hope. This also means many young people are missing out on the tremendous careers, progression opportunities and...

8build fundraise with ‘Bake Off’ event

Last week 8build spent the day fundraising in their head office and sites across the UK, raising valuable money for the Trust.

Employees took part in the ‘8build Bake Off and Builder’s Tea’ by swapping cement mixers for food mixers! Staff hosted bake sales for their fellow colleagues offering sweet and savoury treats made at home to be enjoyed along with a cup of tea or coffee and a welcome break from work. Colleagues were encouraged to get competitive, with attendees voting for their favourite bakes, and the most popular crowned Star Baker.

As Construction Youth...

Tickets on sale for our Christmas Concert!

Save the date!

Our Christmas Concert will be kicking off the festive season again on Thursday 8th December. Tickets are now on sale, and do sell out quickly for this much-loved event, so make sure you grab a ticket whilst you can.

You can look forward to a champagne reception, three-course supper and festive entertainment from a choir - soon to be announced! As ever we will have a number of enjoyable fundraising activities to help raise money for the Trust.

When: Thursday 8th December from 6:30pm

Where: Carpenters' Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2JJ...

Andy Wates, Peter Murray and Sadie Morgan to cycle from London to Birmingham

On the 17 October, Peter Murray, accompanied by Wates’ Group’s Director Andy Wates and dRMM Architects’ Director; and HS2 Design Panel Chair Sadie Morgan; will be cycling 125.7 miles from London to Birmingham to fundraise for Construction Youth Trust.

To donate please visit Peter and Andy's Just Giving Page .

You may have seen the youngest female crane operator in the UK gracing the pages of The Sun newspaper a few weeks ago. This inspiring article was part of a wider campaign to promote diversity and encourage young people to pursue a career in the...

#notjustforboys break out session goes down a storm at the Construction Industry Summit

Sophie Walker joins expert panel to discuss new Smith Institute ‘#notjustforboys: Women in Construction’ report at Construction Industry Summit

We have had a fantastic couple of days at the Construction Industry Summit this week, where the Trust has been Education Partner.

The highlight of day two was our #notjustforboys breakout session which saw a packed room enjoying a lively and passionate panel discussion, which included Sophie Walker, leader of Women’s Equality Party; Terrie Alafat from CIOH; Phil Wang; Anne McNamara from Shine & Victoria Brambini...

#notjustforboys by the only Wang on the panel

The following guest blog post has been written by Phil Wang - comedian, engineer and one of our amazing panelists from the upcoming #notjustforboys breakout session at the Construction Industry Summit .

I studied Engineering at Cambridge University for four years, and the top mark in our first year was won by a girl. I stopped paying attention to the league table after that (because I discovered comedy – which involved a lot more self-gratification, and a lot less trigonometry), but I think she may even have claimed the title two or three more times.

Throughout my school...

Joining Women who build Britain / Ymuno â Menywod sy’n Adeiladu Prydain

Scroll down to read in Welsh.

Our Executive Director, Christine Townley joined leading women in construction on a panel this week to discuss the impact a possible Brexit would have on the industry.

Women Who Build Britain, organised by Shine Bid Services, hosted the debate at Bloomsbury House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A on 9th June; chaired by Sophie Walker with all ticket sales proceeds going to the Women's Equality Party.

Speakers at the event included: • Sophie Walker, Leader, Women’s Equality Party • Victoria Brambini, Interim Managing...

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