Construction Youth Trust offers Taster Session to young people in the community

Taster Session

The Trust opened the doors of its training centre in Bermondsey, South London to young people interested in a career in construction.

Seven young people took part in a construction taster activity at the Trust’s Training Centre in Bermondsey. The prospective students were referred onto the session by a variety of different organisations, including Hobbit House School, Southwark Travellers Action Group, JobCentre Plus and Southwark Youth Offending Service. All seven of the students were given a tour of the facilities. They also received an introduction to the Budding Builders and Routes into Construction programmes by one of our London trainers and the Employer Engagement Co-ordinator.
All seven of the students expressed their interest for the upcoming Level 1 Health and Safety courses being run in the New Year, with five signing up for the next available course which will take place from mid-January 2016. Staff members at the training centre were delighted with the students’ diligence and can-do attitude and look forward to working closely with all of them in the New Year.

Construction Youth Trust supports young people into gaining access to the construction industry by delivering a range of courses that enable young people currently not in employment, training or education to gain skills and knowledge thorough construction relevant qualifications.

Through the Taster Session we aimed to increase access by welcoming young people from all over London who were currently not in education, training or employment. Working with councils, youth groups and housing associations across the city we achieved an unprecedented amount of interest in our service.

The Budding Builders courses we offer are designed to

  • Facilitate a project-based learning experience designed to give students an insight into the multifarious careers available within the Construction Industry and beyond.
  • Provide an opportunity to develop 21st Century knowledge, skills and qualities to enter the Further Education and Employment systems with an Industry recognised qualification.
  • Challenge how young people perceive themselves intellectually, and indicate to them how these perceptions create their psychological worlds, shaping thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
  • Motivate students to work hard, and avoid falling into patterns of helplessness, self-defeat and academic underachievement.

Anna Walterskotter, the London Operations Manager at Construction Youth Trust said about the event: “I am delighted with the level of interest we had in the day – it is great to see so much potential young talent coming through our doors. We are very pleased with the enthusiasm for the taster activity; and I am looking forward to welcoming many more recruits onto our courses.”

"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, Executive Director of 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.

If you are interested or know of anyone who is then please get in contact. 

For more details please contact the London team - 0207 467 954 / london@constructionyouth.org.uk