Building Future Skills is a 3-day free course which is aimed at those in Year 12 and 13 who are interested in finding out more about working in the construction professions.

Our Building Future Skills programme works with a diverse demographic of young people to introduce them to professional career opportunities in construction. We bring together industry representatives to share their knowledge and experience with young people and offer an insight into the breadth of professional career opportunities available across the industry. 

Learning about careers in construction?

Our Building Future Skills programme is specifically designed to show students first hand the opportunities which exist within the industry. Over the course of 3 days they experience what it's like to take on different professional roles; from project manager to surveyor, viewing industry from the inside, whilst being provided with the support needed to develop sought after employability skills.

There will be opportunities to spend time touring working construction sites, netowrk with industry professionals from projects as huge as the Cheesegrater, Crossrail and the Olympic park and to explore the wide range of progression routes available into industry careers.

For those students who perform to a high standard, there will be the opportunity to progress onto work placements, adding valuable experience to UCAS, appretniceship and employment applications.

What does the programme entail?

  • Tour of a 'live' construction site
  • Industry led accredited workshops relating to a project brief
  • Experience of giving presentations to an industry panel
  • Interviews which can lead to work placements for at least 5 students
  • Industry networking with professionals

We run the Building Future Skills programme on a regular basis during term time and we always welcome potential corporate partners to get in touch if they are interested in finding out more.

Case Study

  • Ethan

    Quantity Surveying

    Ethan joined our Pathways to Professional Careers programme knowing that he wanted to apply his enjoyment of maths to a future career. However, he wasn’t sure of available roles that matched his aspirations.

    Throughout the programme, Ethan was given the opportunity to meet with a range of relatable professionals working in the construction industry. He was also given 1-2-1 support from his Construction Youth Trust coach to develop his employability skills. Through these experiences, Ethan realised the wealth of potential opportunities the construction and built environment sector could offer him and prompted his interest to find out more about the different routes to enter the sector. He was introduced to the possibility of applying for a higher-level degree apprenticeship as an alternative route to university – something that he hadn’t considered before.

    Ethan took park in a mock interview session and impressed the interviewer so much he successfully secured a 2-week work experience placement which he found “super helpful”.

    Spurred on by his successful first work-experience placement, Ethan also took part in a mock assessment centre where from he secured another weeklong work experience placement! The week had an instrumental impact on Ethan’s career journey and as a result of all his hard work Ethan was offered a higher-level degree apprenticeship in quantity surveying, which he is due to begin later this year. We wish Ethan the best of luck for the future and are looking forward to following his progress.

    "I thought construction was more about being a labourer, but it is so much more than that. I have been given so much information on the pathways available and understand how I could use opportunity my mathematical skills in a job.

    Meeting with employees from different construction companies has been very insightful to learn about different roles. Before I was thinking about going into finance or accountancy, but I didn’t have the opportunity to break into it. Construction Youth Trust came along, and I had so many opportunities presented to me. I found about different roles and quantity surveying really stood out to me!"