Construction Youth Trust forms strategic partnership with Ambition

Construction Youth Trust is delighted to announce that leading national youth charity, Ambition, have been appointed Construction Youth Trust’s strategic partner, making it easier for young people to gain training and employment opportunities.

Our partnership builds upon a shared commitment to raising career aspirations and improving job prospects for young people through training, education and employment opportunities. Almost 700,000 young people aged 16-24 are currently unemployed in England. *

As we work with key employers from the construction industry including Network Rail, Grosvenor, Mace, and Willmott Dixon, the partnership will enable contractors to develop stronger links with young people through Ambition's national network of youth clubs, community projects, local authorities and housing associations, reaching 3,500 local communities.

Over the next three years we will work closely with Ambition to develop joint programmes and funding bids, whilst sharing best practice and knowledge for working with young people. We hope the partnership will increase the number of employment and training opportunities available within the construction industry, and encourage more young women to enter the profession; there are fewer than 11% women working in the construction and engineering professions, with under 1% in the traditional trades**. The ultimate aim is to improve future outcomes and prospects for young people across the UK.

Christine Townley, Chief Executive, Construction Youth Trust, commented:

We’re really pleased to be collaborating with Ambition to increase awareness amongst young people of careers within the construction industry. The partnership will enable us to share our expertise with one another, and ensure young people throughout the country are given the chance to overcome adversity and build a better future for themselves.

Helen Marshall, Chief Executive, Ambition, commented:

Ambition believes the construction industry offers a wide-range of fantastic career options for young people. We are delighted to be the national youth partner to Construction Youth Trust, which will help us to improve and build our employability programmes, as well as enable our members to develop stronger links with the construction industry in their local communities.

The strategic partnership with Ambition will last for three years, with a view to renewing the agreement for a further period. 

Data sources

*Youth Unemployment Statistics 2015 

**Building the Future: Celebrating Women in Construction, The Smith Institute, 2014