Young trainees, community groups and contractors are celebrating today at the opening of Construction Youth Trust's brand new pathway.
The pathways is across Perth Green on the Bemerton Estate in Islington, constructed by volunteer trainees from the Trust's 'Pathways to Success' project.
Pathways to Success is a partnership between Construction Youth Trust, Bemerton Villages Management Organisation (BVMO) and Team Cally. The course aims to provide participants with hands on experience of a range of construction skills including manual handling, cement work, block work and paving, and harness contractor support to increase trainees' employability and awareness of options within the industry.
Over the course of the project trainees worked to transform a muddy and well-used walkway across Perth Green into a modern sustainable path, supported by Construction Youth Trust trainers and contractors Ringway Jacobs and Keltbray. Post-project support from Vinci, BAM Construction and Kings Cross Construction College increased trainees' awareness of access points into industry and the wide range of opportunities within it, through site visits and employer-led workshops.
80% of trainees have already moved into employment, apprenticeships, further training or work placements following the course, including TeeJay Murphy who has been offered a multi-skills apprenticeship with BVMO, joint-funders of the programme with Islington Council. TeeJay, 18, left school without any qualifications, and after completing an L1 City and Guilds introduction to construction, decided to volunteer to improve Islington's local environment while developing his skills on the Pathways project.
TeeJay said: "I really enjoyed the project, it helped me decide on what I want to do with my life."
The path was officially re-opened to the public at a celebration event held at Jean Stokes Community Centre on the estate, where trainees were presented with certificates for completion of the course and congratulated by Rod Bennion, Chairman of Construction Youth Trust, Alex Scorgie, Estate Manager at BVMO and Islington Councillor Paul Convery.
Rod Bennion, Chairman of Construction Youth said:
"The young people have done a fabulous job and I am delighted to see the finished product. We'd like to thank all the project's partners and hope that they've seen the talent in the young trainees and will take them on. We are always trying to bring talent to the industry and you can't build a path like this one without talent."