Seven Kings JCP job fair leads to successful Routes into Construction placement and job

Construction Youth Trust met Glen Finch at the Seven Kings JCP Job Fair in February, and organised a successful work placement with West Drylining in Ilford. Glen has since got a job at Brookfield Multiplex’s London Wall Place site in Moorgate. 

Glen Finch is 20, and has site experience of plastering and drylining. He completed qualifications for painting and decorating and plastering; a L1 Award in Health and Safety in the Construction Environment and holds a CSCS card. However, he was struggling to find work when he met Construction Youth Trust staff at Seven Kings JCP careers fair in February, and decided to do some work experience.

Through the Routes Into Construction programme the Trust chose to place him with West Drylining. Spencer West had visited the Trust’s Bermondsey Training Centre in December, and committed to help our young people into work. Spencer was pleased to offer Glen work experience at West’s Monstrose College site in Ilford. Glen spent a week on site where he experienced labouring, drylining and plastering.

Following the work placement, Glen has found himself work as a labourer at Brookfield Multiplex’s London Wall Place site in Moorgate – a successful outcome both for Jobcentre Plus and for Construction Youth Trust. And most of all: for Glen himself. He is now hoping to gain work offers from industry in his chosen trade as plasterer; or painter and decorator. 

The Routes into Construction programme from the Construction Youth Trust provides work placement opportunities in the construction industry for young people in Wandsworth, Croydon, Southwark and Lambeth. A work placement allows the young person to experience three different areas of the construction industry, develop relationships within the  construction industry, and provides a potential route into further opportunities (such as an apprenticeship or further training). The programme is funded by CITB and the London Enterprise Panel, and provided in partnership with London Youth.

For more information on the Routes Into Construction programme, please contact Paul Taylor on 07956 106 387 or email him at paul.taylor@constructionyouth.org.uk.