News & events

Interview with Wendy Heller

A couple of weeks ago Mark Parker from I Live in SE16 popped over to our construction training centre in Bermondsey to have a look around and interview our amazing Training, Development and Curriculum Manager Wendy Heller. You can read the full interview below:

“It was really my mum being ripped off that got me into construction,” says Wendy Heller of Construction Youth Trust. “I was furious when I found she had paid out £50 to get a simple dripping tap fixed. That was her income for the week gone. I decided there and then to be able to do those everyday jobs myself...

Budding Builders Graduation 2016

We were joined by Neil Coyle MP and Deputy Mayor Cllr Charlie Smith to celebrate the graduation of our students in Bermondsey.

It was an emotional and exciting day at the Construction Youth Trust Training Centre last Friday 29th July, as 20 students from the ‘Budding Builders’ course attended their graduation.

Having completed multi-skilled courses in the construction trades, the students aged between 16–26 years were awarded their certificates by the Deputy Mayor of Southwark Councillor Charlie Smith.

Along with many friends and family of the students,...

Chairman Andy Wates announces Carol Lynch as our new CEO

We’re delighted to announce Carol Lynch has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer.

Carol brings a wealth of experience from both the voluntary sector and the construction industry and will help us to build on our success and help more young people build better futures.

An engineer by training, Carol has worked on major construction projects, including the Channel Tunnel. After leaving engineering she worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years and is currently Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation. Previously Carol was Managing...

Construction Youth Trust inspired hundreds of young people at The Mayor's Newham Show

With five trades to choose from and the support of four volunteers from the industry, the Construction Youth Trust stall formed one of of the most popular attractions for young people, their parents and carers at this year's Mayor Newham Show.

With superb weather throughout the weekend, hundreds of families and young people found their way to Newham Council's Building Futures tent where Construction Youth Trust treated visitors to taster sessions in carpentry, painting, tiling, brickwork and plumbing. These activities were commissioned by the London Borough of Newham with funding...

National Women in Engineering Day 2016 / Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Menywod mewn Peirianneg 2016

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To celebrate National Women In Engineering Day , we wanted to share the story of Marianna Mercado, an engineer who works for Network Rail. Please describe your current role:

SCADA Senior Project Engineer – I am responsible for ensuring that the Control and Monitoring System of the High Voltage Substations for Crossrail is designed, tested and built to the necessary requirements. I deal on a daily basis with a large number of stakeholders: designers, subcontractors, system commissioning parties and other major Network Rail Projects such...

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

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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...

Read our latest Budding Brunels Professional Interview - Mechanical Services Engineer

Chelsie is a Mechanical Services Engineer - Read her story:

This month's interview is with Chelsie Hedges who is a Mechanical Services Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. Read about her day to day responsibilities, how she got there and the not so helpful 'advice' that has spurred her on.

Tell us about yourself:

Who are you, what’s your job, and what company do you work for?

My name’s Chelsie Hedges and I’m a Mechanical Services Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services.

Tell us about your position:

What do you do...

Budding Brunels Case Study: Nawaal Abdalla-Omar

Nawaal took part in a recent Budding Brunels course and was offered a work placement with Taylor Woodrow. In her words, here's her story:


Budding Brunels , a project run by Construction Youth Trust, gave me the fantastic opportunity for a weeks’ work experience with Taylor Woodrow at the Old Oak Depot earlier this term.

Pre-Work Experience

Before my placement started I needed to first research the company so I’d have a better understanding of what they are about. What I found was that they are a company who are owned by a large firm called...

#NotJustForBoys Workshop

International Women’s Day provided the perfect backdrop for our first #notjustforboys workshop. The workshop took place in Villiers High School, Southall, and was the final in a series of sessions run with the Year 10 cohort in partnership with the National Careers Service.

Twenty-three young women took part, alongside eight female role-models from the industry. Volunteers represented specialisms as diverse as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Planning, Procurement and Quantity Surveying.

Two fun-filled hours saw participants interview role models to add to their pack of...

Celebrating the first 6 months of #notjustforboys

On International Women's Day 2016 here's what we've been doing to encourage women into careers in the construction industry in the past 6 months!

Watch our amazing video to celebrate International Women's Day 2016

Stacey Clifford, a Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Scheme winner in 2012 was invited by the UN to an Experts Group Meeting, along with a panel of 14 others to provide feedback on a project proposal by UN Habitat for encouraging women into the construction industry.

Stacey was specifically chosen in order to represent a young...