The Trust celebrates young Newport and Cardiff locals beginning their construction career paths

The Trust held a drinks reception in Cardiff last week to celebrate the success of some of our young beneficiaries and to thank our supporters for their commitment to helping us on our mission to guiding and supporting young people into employment.

Over 40 guests from the industry attended the evening for a drinks reception which was hosted and supported by law firm Capital Law, a leading provider of commercial legal services to private and public sector clients throughout the UK, Europe and beyond. 

Helen Thomas, Partner at Capital Law welcomed guests with a speech and introduced Helen Devitt Wales Manager at the Trust, who spoke about our recent work in South Wales. Guests then heard from Peter Marchant, former Trustee and Friend of Construction Youth Trust, and Darryl Williams from CITB Construction Skills, one of the Trust’s most generous supporters.

Awards were then presented to young trainees Josh, Lisa-Marie, and Lyndsey, and the Trust's Executive Director Christine Townley closed the presentation with a speech to thank the guests, trainees and Capital Law.  All three trainees worked extremely hard on the construction courses they took part in, and received work placements or employment as a result of their commitment and enthusiasm. 

Lyndsey, a young Newport mother of several children, who also takes care of her partner’s children, took time out of her busy home life to complete a few construction skills courses with the Trust. She and her friend Lisa-Marie, another young mother proved to be reliable and very capable at the work, and progressed to volunteering with the Trust and helping support other trainees like themselves on a construction training project.  Lyndsey and Lisa-Marie completed their CSCS health and safety tests– a vital step in employment in construction, and are currently about to take part in a work placement with Keepmoat Apollo, a key supporter of the Trust.

Josh from Cardiff took part in a course for young professionals and has since been offered two industry work placements and three industry jobs through our contacts.

The evening was a great opportunity for guests to find out first hand how the Trust helps young people like Josh, Lisa-Marie and Lyndsey learn about what the sector has to offer and provides opportunities they might otherwise not have had.  The guests had the chance to chat with the trainees after the awards presentation to find out how the Trust helped them take a step towards a new career path.

Executive Director Christine Townley commented:

‘We are delighted that Capital Law hosted our reception last week.  Bringing together industry, the young people we support, and communities is vitally important if we are going to help people on their journey to work.  The Trust looks forward to working with industry and communities in South Wales to make a real difference.'