The Construction Industry Youth Trust was established in 1961 by members of the construction industry and allied professions to build educational centres to teach construction skills.
The Trust aimed to promote worthwhile leisure-time activities for young people throughout the UK and helped Boys' and Girls' clubs, Scouts and Guides, and Sea and Air Cadets to get buildings up and open for their use. Always seeking to promote equality, diversity and inclusion, the Trust set about its work subject to the condition that there be 'no restrictions of class, creed, colour or sect'.
Throughout the years the Trust has continued to support young people with a passion for construction through education, practical work experience and employment brokerage. The Trust's programmes continue to expand and diversify ranging from individual bursaries and construction skills courses to work placement schemes and careers guidance sessions.
It is only through the generous support of the construction industry itself, that Construction Youth Trust has been able to make such a difference to young people's lives. Today the Trust continues to work in partnership with its supporters to raise awareness of the breadth of opportunities the construction industry has to offer, providing the industry with a young, passionate and diverse workforce for the benefit of today and tomorrow.
Moments in time....
The foundation of the Building Industry Trust for Youth helping young people build and inhabit spaces for recreation. The Trust reports over £7,500 donated to youth welfare by the end of the first year.
The Trust continues to grow with the support of the construction industry and marks the end of the decade with a record £100,000 of grants bestowed over the ten years helping 350 youth groups.
The Trust works closely with the Building Crafts College providing student bursaries and celebrates 25 years with a reception at Innholders Hall. The Trust receives significant recognition when HRH The Duke of Gloucester becomes patron.
Building Industry Trust for Youth changes it's name to Construction Industry Trust for Youth and hosts the first annual Christmas Concert which becomes a favourite event of the industry calendar.
Construction Industry Trust for Youth changes it's name to Construction Youth Trust and transforms the way it operates from a grant giving Trust to directly delivering a wide range of programmes from education to employment and working with over 4,500 young people per year.
Today Construction Youth Trust run a wide variety of programmes for young people from a diverse range of backgrounds who are interested in construction.