Calling Islington's "Budding Builders"

The Construction Youth Trust is appealing for young people interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry to come forward and apply to take part in an exciting employment geared training programme taking place in December 2009.

The scheme is funded by Islington Council and is aimed at young Islington residents between the age of 16 and 24. The programme will take 12 individuals and place them on an intensive 3 week training course, and from there onto further training and work placements. This training will include;

* Mentoring in industry awareness

* Site visits

* Employer presentations

* C.V writing and Interview technique workshops

* Direction to further training

* Improving of core skills like literacy and numeracy.

On completion of the training there will also be opportunities for participants to undertake work placements with major companies, giving them a real insight into working life in the sector, as well as the chance to make links with employers that could lead to sponsorship and full time employment.

CYT is looking to work with various colleges, schools and youth organisations in the Islington area to reach young people interested in taking part in this scheme. There will be an assessment day held on 4th December with training commencing on 9thth December, all of which will take place at a venue in Islington.

Trust Director Christine Townley stated “this type of innovative programme enables organisations like ours to tap into the vast reserves of young talent available in the Capital. Through “Budding Builders” we hope to guide young people from Islington on the path to accessing the varied and exciting possibilities available in the construction industry.”

For further information, and to pass on the details of those keen to participate, please contact Khazar Hayat on 0207 227 4562 or khazar.hayat@cytrust.org.uk

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Notes to editors

1. CYT achieves its goals by undertaking a number of programmes ranging from individual bursaries to construction skills courses, and from work placement schemes to guidance sessions. By helping individuals to gain training and employment the Trust’s work effectively tackles social exclusion and related disadvantage.

2. This project fits with the Trust’s objective of creating a more diverse, open industry for people from all backgrounds in the UK, with special emphasis on engaging women and people from BME  backgrounds.

3. The Project is funded by Islington Council

4. The Press are invited to observe and photograph the first day of training which shall be Wednesday 9th December at a venue in Islington to be confirmed. For more info on times/locations please call Khazar Hayat on 0207 227 4562.