Budding Brunels 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 Budding Brunels programme targets schools with a high proportion of socially and economically disadvantaged students and 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. 


Want to learn more about careers in construction?

Our Budding Brunels course is specifically designed to show you first hand the opportunities which exist within the industry. Over the course of 3 days you'll get to see what its like to take on different professional roles; from project manager to surveyor, you'll get the opportunity to experience the industry from the inside, whilst all the while being provided with the support you need to develop your own employability skills.

There will be opportunities to spend time touring working construction sites; to hear from industry professionals from projects as huge as the Cheesegrater, Crossrail and the Olympic park and to visit universities and technical colleges to hear about the range of progression routes open to you.

Those of you who do really well in the workshops will have the opportunity to progress onto work placements, adding valuable experience to your UCAS and employment applications.

What does the course 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 Budding Brunels course on a regular basis during term time and we always welcome potential corporate partners, schools or students to get in touch if they are interested in finding out more.

If you would like to find out more about our Budding Brunels courses, email hello@constructionyouth.org.uk 

Find out more about our Budding Brunels course by watching our video.

Case Study

  • Nawaal

    Civil Engineer

    Nawaal was a student at Hammersmith Academy when she attended our industry-led Budding Brunels workshop, designed to showcase the range of skills and job roles available across the Construction industry. After the course, we facilitated a work placement. Experiencing the real work environment made Nawaal realise she wanted to follow a career into construction.

    Nawaal is now a Civil Engineering Apprentice working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel - London’s new super-sewer, which is urgently needed to modernise the Capital’s sewage system and protect the tidal River Thames from pollution. Nawaal is currently completing a level 6 degree apprenticeship with Tideway and the University of East London.

    “When my placement ended, I felt incredibly motivated and eager to do all that’s necessary to work in this field of work in the near future. Construction Youth Trust not only gave me my first exposure to construction, but also continued to support and guide me into the industry.”


  • Network Rail

    Apprenticeships and Graduate Schemes

    The Trust partnered with National Rail to create Budding Brunels Rail. The programme adapted our industry-recognised Budding Brunels course to engage young people and communities along the Crossrail lines in East and West London developing industry awareness and employability skills for local young people whilst creating opportunities to feed into Network Rail’s apprenticeship and graduate schemes. Through working in a wide range of communities, including schools with a higher than national average percentage of students eligible for Free School Meals, and girls schools, we helped to inspire a more diverse selection of young people apply for the National Rail placements.

    A unique part of the Budding Brunels Rail programme was the development of a Budding Brunels Rail Club, an alumni network for participating students interested in pursuing a career in the industry. The Club enables them to have a channel through which they can voice their experiences, receive newsletter updates, gain dedicated on-going careers advice and guidance and act as Trust ambassadors, engaging with future beneficiaries within their community to share experiences and promote the project.

    "I had an excellent experience, the site visit and activities. You felt like an actual worker on the site. You don’t comprehend it when you’re sitting in a school or college and trying to study, you comprehend it when you see it in front of your eyes." Tushant - Budding Brunels Rail student

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