Construction Taster Session brings in young people from all over London

Construction Youth Trust opens the doors of its Training Centre in Bermondsey to welcome 17 prospective students.

We welcomed 16 young men and one young woman to a construction taster session at our Bermondsey Training Centre this week. People arrived from as far afield as Tottenham, Bromley and Bexleyheath; and local Southwark residents also enjoyed the proximity of the centre to their homes.

After a warm welcome from the team, the new recruits were given an introduction to the Budding Builders and Routes into Construction programmes. The group were very engaged and keen to hear about what Construction Youth Trust can offer in terms of pathways into the construction industry. The cohort was then split into two, with half of the prospective students completing their Initial Assessment forms, which allowed them to state exactly why they intended to join a course and what they hoped to gain in the long run. The other half were given the opportunity to learn about the requirements of PPE before they entered the workshop to compete in a newspaper tower building challenge. This exercise gave the group a chance to get to know each other as well as getting accustomed to completing a practical activity in the workshop, something they will be doing plenty of as they progress through the programme.

The Challenge:

Young people find it difficult to visualise a career path into the Construction Industry

Young people often struggle to access the opportunities open to them in the Construction Industry, owing to a lack of awareness of the ways into the industry. Many are disillusioned with the school system, and are intimidated by the idea of returning to college to study a trade. At the same time, owing to the complexities surrounding the CSCS card, many are unable to access the permit they need to get into an entry-level position on site. This can lead to undereducation and underemployment amongst young people in London, something which Construction Youth Trust is committed to combat.

The Response:

The London Budding Builders Team offer a clear pathway into the industry, accompanied by wraparound support and guidance for those who need it most. Taster Days offer prospective students an insight into what practical skills they could master by entering into a construction career. The opportunity to join a course and gain a CSCS card, as well as to try out a two-week work placement with Routes into Construction, offers our students a structured and supported pathway into employment. 

The Results:

Seventeen young people attended the Taster Session and participated in a practical newspaper tower building project, facilitated by the London Team. All seventeen of these participants signed up for a course with Construction Youth Trust to gain an OCN London Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification, along with their CSCS cards. All were introduced to the Routes Into Construction programme, and will be given the opportunity to formally sign up during the Level 1 programme. We hope to be able to work with all the participants in the coming months and we were delighted by the level of interest and the volume of referrals we received.

I was very impressed when I saw how many young people attended our open day which was advertised through various referral agencies and at community initiatives which support us to deliver our courses to the right young people. It is our mission to raise the profile for careers in construction amongst young people.”’ – Christine Townley, CEO Construction Youth Trust

Construction Youth Trust is running the Construction Skills course on a regular basis and welcomes young people from all London boroughs who are currently looking to gain a CSCS card, and find employment or training. 

Contact the London team:
T: 0207 467 954
E: london@constructionyouth.org.uk

Or check out what courses we have running here.