Mobile Classroom taster session success

Construction Youth Trust opened the doors of its Mobile Classroom in Kings Cross to welcome 11 prospective students.

We welcomed eleven young men to a taster session introducing them to our mobile classroom based at the Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre. The potential starters all came from the borough of Camden and the neighboring boroughs Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea with a view to beginning the course on the 1st of June.

After a warm welcome from the team, the new recruits were given an introduction to the Budding Builders programme and what they can expect from the course over the next three weeks. 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 group were keen to discuss their own ideas about what they thought of the industry and what specific areas they wanted to be involved in. Staff answered plenty of insightful questions from the group about different areas of trade and what will be expected of them in the construction industry. The group then spilt into pairs to begin an ice breaker which allowed the group and the staff to get know each other better. The group took well to the task before moving onto sample CSCS questions in preparation for the course. All the prospective students showed they were highly capable and willing to learn which bodes well for them all beginning their journey with the Trust.

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:

Eleven young people attended the Taster Session and participated in a practical newspaper tower building project, facilitated by the London Team. All eleven 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.