Young People in Islington given a pathway to success

An exciting youth engagement training programme is taking place on the Bemerton Estate in Islington giving local young people new opportunities to get into work and training programmes.

TheThe Pathways to Success project is a partnership between Construction Youth Trust and Bemerton Villages Management Organisation (BVMO) and aims to help the most disadvantaged young people get into work. 

Construction Youth Trust works with young people not currently in education, employment or training, providing practical construction training schemes which prepare them for work.  The Trust has worked successfully with these partners before and ran a similar programme in 2011 which resulted in the creation of a path across a green on the Bemerton Estate. It helped 12 young people get practical experience of construction and has helped them into work and training.

This second regeneration project will work with 24 local young people and introduce a curved sitting wall and paving to create spaces in which, amongst other things, a play area can be installed.

The programme will not only give the young people OCN accredited practical training but also give advice on CV writing, job searching and will support the participants in their applications for work. They will be given the opportunity to visit local construction sites and colleges so they can see the variety of career options available to them.  At the end of the programme it is hoped that all participants will all have completed their CSCS health and safety test and they will also be able to keep their construction safety clothing, kindly provided by Clancy Docwra so they can begin to access entry level employment on site. Keir have also donated materials for the project and HSS Hire who have provided large discounts for the tool hire.  VolkerHighways are also supporting the project with practical expertise, and volunteers from the Guardian newspaper have donated their time to work on the project alongside the trainees.

Christine Townley, Chief Executive of the Construction Youth Trust said “This is a very exciting project and excellent example of the regeneration work we hope to build upon.  It benefits communities in two ways as the project not only improves the local area but works intensively with the young people at the same time to prepare and support them to progress into further training or employment.

The project also provides employers with an excellent opportunity to tap into a pool of talent that they might otherwise have missed.  The young people have proven their commitment to seeking work by volunteering their time for the duration of the programme.  Employers can therefore offer opportunities with the confidence that they are getting reliable and keen young people on board.”

The project is running over two phases of 8 weeks practical training and phase two has just recently begun. 

Christine Townley, Chief Executive of the Construction Youth Trust said “This is a very exciting project and excellent example of the regeneration work we hope to build upon.  It benefits communities in two ways as the project not only improves the local area but works intensively with the young people at the same time to prepare and support them to progress into further training or employment.

The project also provides employers with an excellent opportunity to tap into a pool of talent that they might otherwise have missed.  The young people have proven their commitment to seeking work by volunteering their time for the duration of the programme.  Employers can therefore offer opportunities with the confidence that they are getting reliable and keen young people on board.”

The project is running over two phases of 8 weeks practical training and is currently nearing the end of phase one.