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23/12/2015The Trust opened the doors of its training centre in Bermondsey, South London to young people interested in a career in construction.
Six students were presented with certificates upon their completion of Construction Youth Trust’s three week Budding Builders Construction Multiskills programme. All six of them achieved an Entry Level 3 OCN London accredited qualification in Health and Safety. They participated in taster sessions in carpentry, tiling, painting and decorating and plumbing, giving them an introduction to a wide range of trades and broadening their skill set.
Students travelled from all over London, having been referred to us from many different routes, including Southwark Works, Working with Men, JobCentre Plus, St. Giles Trust and others. Two of the students had participated in a Taster Session at the Amberly Youth Project, and chose to sign up for the full course to further develop their skills.
All six students have been given the opportunity to participate in further training with Construction Youth Trust in the New Year. Five of them have signed up for our Level 1 Health and Safety course beginning in January, and one student will be starting a plumbing course at Greenwich College at the same time.
Construction Youth Trust aims to help young people to access employment opportunities in the built environment. Currently only 26% of prison leavers engage in ETE (Education, Training or Employment), and many fall into a spiral of reoffending which is difficult to break out of. Their predicament is often exacerbated by the negative influences that surround many young people, especially those with a history of gang membership. Long term unemployment can have a devastating effect on mental health, and many young people find it difficult to escape from without the necessary quialifications or experience.
Construction Youth Trust, funded by the City Bridge Trust aims to combat that trend by offering accessible, industry led training targeted specifically at ex-offenders aged 14-30. By allowing our students to make connections with young people from similar backgrounds, our courses allow them to form constructive networks. All six of the course completers have been offered places on our upcoming Level 1 Health and Safety course, which is delivered throughout the year on three and four week programmes. All course completers are then able to attain a five year CSCS Labourer’s card which will allow them to work on sites.
Following the course students are supported into employment or further training. With our in-house work placement programme, Routes into Construction, students are offered the chance to complete a two-week, on-site work placement, covering three separate trades. Our aim is to break the cycle of unemployment by offering demand-led skills, training and work experience which will give young people a real start in the construction industry.
“The feedback and support from my tutor was top of the range teaching. She always helped and always gave us more knowledge in construction. The discussions between the team were good and the activities were fun and something new. A wonderful tutor who has a great knowledge of construction.” – Hussain Ishaq, course completer from Southwark.
“Another successful Budding Builders course delivered by our London Team. I was delighted to hear about the excellent outcomes achieved by our young people including passing their construction related courses, progressing into high quality work placements and also continuing their further education in their chosen trades. Our ambition is that all participants will end up in sustainable employment in their chosen construction.” – Vic Grimes, Operations Director at 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org