News & events

Aston University Engineering Academy Sixth Form to visit Exchange Square Development site.

The Trust is in Birmingham on the 14th and 15th of February as part of our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme.

54 Year 12 students from Aston University Engineering Academy will visit Sir Robert McAlpine’s Exchange Square Development site to expand their knowledge of how an active site is managed. On top of gaining a greater insight into the different phases of development during a project, supporting staff from Sir Robert McAlpine will also explain how they reduce the Health and Safety risks on a busy working site; insight that directly ties into the students’...

International Women's Day 2018: Natasha's blog

We met Natasha when she attended a Budding Builders course to learn more about construction and gain access into employment opportunities in the industry. After excelling in the programme, Natasha is now completing a Site Management Apprenticeship at Emtec. She wrote a blog to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 and inspire more women into construction.

When I left school I was uncertain of what I wanted to do. I participated in a media and a hairdressing course, but very soon I realised I couldn’t see myself thriving in these fields. I decided that construction...

National Apprenticeship Week 2018: Peter

Peter's story is a perfect example of what we set out to achieve at Construction Youth Trust: to change young people's perceptions, inspire and introduce them to careers they had never considered before and provide them with a route into the construction industry.

Peter was a student at Haberdashers Aske's Crayford Academy when he attended our industry-led Budding Brunels 3-day workshop supported by Mace at Vauxhall SkyGardens. The course aimed to inspire students about construction by showcasing the range of skills and job roles available across the industry.


Keepmoat visit Training Centre for National Apprenticeship Week

In support of National Apprenticeship Week, three of Keepmoat’s apprentices gave a talk to our students in Bermondsey.

Keepmoat are a fast growing, top 10 UK housing and construction company, and one of our most valued partners at the Trust. They design, build, refurbish and regenerate places to improve economic and social outcomes for people. It is up to companies like Keepmoat to work with organisations like the Trust to bring more young people in, to invest consistently in training and to develop the specific skills required today.

At Keepmoat, one of their main...

Construction Youth Trust congratulates twenty-one successful students!

Construction Youth Trust congratulates twenty-one successful students!

Twenty one students graduate from the Trust’s three week programme with Level 1 qualifications in Health and Safety. With a massive seventeen passing their CSCS tests first time!

The London team congratulates the latest cohort of students who completed the three week Budding Builders programme based at the Bermondsey Construction Training Centre.

Seventeen CSCS passes out of twenty-one and Twenty-one students achieve Level 1 Health and Safety qualifications!

Out of twenty-...

Keiren earns Drylining Apprenticeship with Astins

Keiren started a Drylining apprenticeship with Astins this week having completed our Understanding Health & Safety Programme in June.

Keiren was first referred to the Trust by the Lewisham Youth Engagement team. Now a Greenwich resident, Keiren was keen to begin the course as it gave him the opportunity to learn basic construction skills as well as being able to work towards his CSCS card.

Keiren demonstrated a real interest and enthusiasm whilst on the programme, impressing his tutor with his industrious team spirit and courtesy. He successfully completed the Level 1...

Ten students complete three week Budding Builders course

Staff at Construction Youth Trust were delighted to congratulate ten students from Lambeth and Wandsworth upon their completion of our three week Budding Builders course.

Ten students were presented with certificates upon their completion of Construction Youth Trust’s three week Budding Builders Carpentry programme. All ten of them achieved a Level 1 Open College Network accredited qualification in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, which will enable them to gain CSCS cards and go into employment in the construction industry.

The students all came from Lambeth...

Construction Youth Trust urges employers to support apprenticeship drive

Placing her support firmly behind this year’s National Apprenticeship Week (3 -7 March), Executive Director Christine Townley said: “At Construction Youth Trust we are passionate about helping young people overcome barriers so that they can join the industry and develop fulfilling careers.

“A recent report from Parliamentarians highlighting the fall off in the number of apprentices entering the sector is desperately disappointing. The appeal made by co-chairmen Lord Best and Nick Raynsford MP for more industry support for apprenticeships is dear to our hearts....

Higher Level Apprenticeships - An Employer's View

Richard Bonner of EC Harris discusses the importance of the availability of alternative entry routes into the industry. The current economic climate and the recent rise in tuition fees means that more school and college leavers will be considering alternative options to full time degree courses over the coming years. Earning a salary whilst gaining further qualifications and professional expertise is becoming an increasingly attractive prospect.

In September 2012, university tuition fees for full time degree courses increased to £6,000 - £9,000 per year. We are now...

Is the industry nurturing young talent?

The construction industry does much to nurture young talent but with the opportunities unfolding I’m sure it needs to do more. It is vital that the industry plans for the future and secures the talent and skills needed, so that it has recruited effectively for the workforce of tomorrow.

Many industries, construction included, are facing a skills gap where a retiring workforce is taking with it invaluable skills and years of experience. There is a lack of young people coming into the industry to sustain it. For this reason we all need to be doing more to nurture new talent and...