Wales Trainer Nominated for Charity Times Awards 2011

We are delighted to announce the nomination of Lead Trainer, Michael Reynolds, for a Charity Times Award 2011 for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

Now in its twelfth year, The Charity Times Awards continues to be the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.

During the past two years at Construction Youth Trust, Mike has drawn on over 30 years experience in the construction industry to deliver mobile construction training across a range of trades aimed at encouraging young people to explore employment opportunities in the built environment.

Mike works in partnership with community groups, designing and delivering tailored two-hour taster sessions in construction. Through his work Mike aims to help Trust beneficiaries, many of whom are disadvantaged youth, to overcome any barriers they may be facing in order to kick start their career. Mike enjoys considerable success not only in gaining the respect of the project participants, but in providing a catalyst for positive change within disadvantaged communities.

Mike's desire to transform the lives of young people in South Wales has helped thousands of young people through taster sessions, many of whom believe he has played a vital role in transforming their lives through the courses he provides.

As well as delivering taster sessions, Mike also helped project manage the award winning 'Real Apprentice' project in Newport, where seven young people who were not in education, employment or training (NEET), transformed two flats with the help of his construction training. The project had a 100% success rate, with all participants progressing into further education, training or employment.