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 industry. I strongly encourage schools, universities and our own members to work with this programme to support new talent into the built environment.’
Christine Townley, Executive Director at Construction Youth Trust said: “We are delighted to receive this recognition from an industry body as significant as the Institution of Civil Engineers. With the Budding Brunels programme we are targeting bright Year 12 students from non-privileged backgrounds who are studying STEM subjects; we want to see these young people benefit from industry-led careers guidance and show them just how varied the progression routes into the sector can be.”
“The programme aims to increases participants’ chances of achieving social mobility and to help them to make the right choices at a key point in their academic and personal development.”
Construction Youth Trust has delivered 6 Budding Brunels programmes supported by major contractors this year, working with 16 schools and 6 universities across the country. A further 9 projects are planned in 2012, resulting in Open College Network accredited outcomes for over 375 students and 75 work placements for project beneficiaries who excel on the course.
The project has also been endorsed by the Construction Industry Council and is recognised by the Office for Fair Access as a registered access programme, increasing participants’ chances of accessing higher education.