Arup chooses Construction Youth Trust for Fundraising Prize

Construction Youth Trust has received a donation of £1,000 towards its work in South Wales from engineering consultancy Arup.

As part of Arup’s on-going charitable work to both encourage and recognise the fundraising work their regional offices engage in, a competition to reward the offices that raise the most per head of staff is held every six months.

Money was raised through a wide variety of staff initiatives including sponsored bike rides, dress down days, quizzes, cake sales and other smaller events.  The reward for this fundraising was a £1,000 cash donation from the Arup Charitable Trust to a local community engagement project of the Cardiff Office’s choice.  For the Cardiff region, representatives from Arup chose Construction Youth Trust as their favoured engagement project.  Kel Ross from Arup comments: “The fantastic work and ethos of the Construction Youth Trust immediately stood out to members of staff as a worthy recipient of this donation

Not only does their excellent work directly benefit the local community and disaffected youths, a further dimension is added in that their work it is rooted within one of our core businesses, the construction industry.  We look forward to hearing more of the initiatives that Construction Youth Trust work on and continuing to build relationships with both them and our local community."

Representatives from Arup’s Cardiff office visited the Trust’s Wales office this week to present the team with a cheque and to find out more about the work they deliver in South Wales.  The money will help to fund the Mobile Classroom in South Wales, a fully equipped van with the necessary tools, materials and a qualified trainer to deliver construction skills training in hard to reach communities across the region. 

Helen Devitt, Wales Manager at Construction Youth Trust said: “I am so pleased Arup has chosen us as their nominated community engagement project.  Arup has proven to be a great supporter of the Trust in Wales and other regions across the UK, and we look forward to continuing this relationship in the future. 

It is so important that we continue to access hard to reach communities in Wales and provide the skills, training and advice which young people need to gain employment in the construction industry, and this donation will be a great help in our mission.”