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We caught up with Renni 5 months into her Degree Apprenticeship!

Renni first found out about Construction Youth Trust in 2018 from the careers advisor at her school.

She took part in one of our Budding Brunels programmes, hosted at Mace’s impressive Battersea Power Station site. Renni had never previously considered construction as an area that was suited to her, sharing many of the common misconceptions about it as a boring industry with limited roles.

After 3 day immersive experience of a construction workplace however, Renni’s interest in the industry was sparked! Following the programme, we arranged a week’s work...

As part of our Higher Level Degree Apprenticeship programme, students joined us for immersive, employer-led assessment centres!

The sessions give support to young people as they embark on their career journeys into the construction and built environment industry, and are jam-packed with activities that allow students to work with industry professionals on their employability skills. They are part of our Higher Level Degree Apprenticeship programme, which kicked off this year with a series of Apprenticeship Masterclasses.

“Thank you for all of the time and effort that goes into making these mock assessments possible, as I feel as though I have learned a lot from them.” - young person


Our Higher Level Apprenticeship Masterclasses are inspiring young people to take alternative pathways to higher education

As part of our Higher Level Degree Apprenticeship Programme, we are delivering a series of employer-led Higher Level Degree Apprenticeship Masterclasses in collaboration with our industry partners.

The sessions are aimed at students in years 12 and 13, as well as parents and teachers, who are interested in discovering more about alternative pathways to higher and further education.

One of our main aims for the masterclasses is to debunk the common misconceptions that surround the apprenticeship route. Industry offers opportunities for apprenticeships in a massive range of roles,...

Preparing students for higher level and degree apprenticeship success

The application process for any higher level or degree apprenticeship programme is extremely competitive and, as a consequence, can be extremely nerve-racking.

Through the Trust’s Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme we prepare the young people we work with as thoroughly as possible for their application journey, and that preparation includes supporting them through one of the most intimidating aspects of the process; the assessment centre.

Assessment centres have become an integral part of many application processes because they allow an employer or training...

International Women's Day - Apprenticeships with Sophie

As part of International Women's Day and National Apprenticeship Week 2019 the Trust caught up with Sophie who is in the first year of her kitchen fitting apprenticeship with Berkeley Homes (Capital) Plc.

We first met Sophie when she was at a cross roads in her career making decisions and introduced her to the varied world of apprenticeships within industry. Answering questions from students at Northfleet School for Girls Sophie gives an honest and enlightening insight into apprenticeship life. She discusses why she turned to an apprenticeship after graduating with a BA Hons in...

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

54 Year 12 students from Aston University Engineering Academy visited Sir Robert McAlpine’s Exchange Square Development site in Birmingham 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 also explained how they reduce the Health and Saftey risks on a busy working site: insight that directly ties into the students' Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering course.

Through our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme...

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-...