Onwards and Upwards!

As we come to the end of another hugely successful year for the Trust, we turn our focus toward the opportunities that the New Year brings. 2014 will see a huge number of infrastructure programmes enter the next phase and Construction Youth Trust will continue to champion these exciting projects locally and nationally. Crossrail, Mersey Gateway, Hinkley Point, Thames Tideway Tunnel and of course HS2 to name a few – these are big, bold and occasionally controversial projects which, if done right, represent an opportunity to engage a whole generation of young people with construction; not just as neighbours or users, but as our future engineers, quantity surveyors, architects, traffic marshals, carpenters, scaffolders, plumbers… And we also need to highlight the training and employment opportunities that exist in the back office, in logistics and waste management; the list is endless but the time is limited.

If we are to ensure that young men and women have the aspiration, the skills and the qualifications to take advantage of the huge range of opportunities as our sector continues to grow we will need to act now – together. This year the industry has supported our work enabling us to help more young people than ever before. We have opened a new pop-up training facility in Southwark which enables young people to come and try different aspects of construction as well as learn new skills and gain qualifications. We have also created more learning environments throughout the UK through our Mobile Classroom programme which takes our training programmes into the heart of communities enabling young people to come and learn more about construction without needing to travel.

Our Budding Brunels programme has grown significantly and has been able to offer professional apprenticeships to its beneficiaries this year. We also held our 2nd Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme in March 2013, giving us the opportunity to reward young professionals who have gone the extra mile and achieved extraordinary things in their careers at a young age. And of course, the whole industry came together to support our winning People’s Millions entry ‘Build Brighter Futures’ which will see us partnering with the homelessness charity Centrepoint in 2014 to help homeless young people gain skills and employment opportunities – thank you.

Next year will see the Trust continue to grow across Wales, the West Midlands, the North West and in London as well as other parts of the UK. We’re planning exciting new programmes, new ways to champion the industry and new ways to say thank you to our supporters. We can only help young people gain confidence, training and employment with the help of our partners from across the Construction Industry.

Our New Year’s resolution is to engage with even more young people and even more supporters in 2014 – we want to work with you so together we can make this happen. 2013 has been fantastic! We look forward to working with you all next year to make it even more of a success.

The Trust wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!