News & events

Our all-female Budding Brunels group proved the gender stereotypes wrong at Lendlease!

Our Budding Brunels course is a great chance for young women, who are severely underrepresented in the sector, to debunk some of the common misconceptions about the construction industry and learn more about the wide range of roles available.

“I really enjoyed the Budding Brunels course because it gave me an insight into what construction is actually about and it’s definitely changed my opinions about it.”

The ladies were hesitant on their first day and unsure of what to expect, but they went in with open minds and really impressed with their focus and attention...

Congratulations Haytham, future architect!

Haytham has had a passion for architecture since he was 15 and was excited to enter the construction industry, which he thought of as collaborative and fast paced environment.

When he came across Construction Youth Trust in 2018, he was really interested and eager to get involved in our employer-led Budding Brunels programme to add to his experience and expand his knowledge.

During the programme he relished the opportunity to immerse himself in the sector. As part of the programme Haytham worked as part of a group to create a building design and found the opportunity to receive...

Budding Brunels alumna Beatriz is on her way to a STEM career!

Beatriz first met Construction Youth Trust in November 2017. Before working with us she knew very little about the construction and built environment sector, thinking of it as a male-dominated sector that mainly encompassed practical, labour intensive work. She had never considered it as a viable career option for someone like her.

Whilst on our Budding Brunels course, a 3 day programme that aims to facilitate meaningful employer encounters for our young people and give them an immersive experience of the industry, Beatriz’s perception of the sector changed. As part of the programme...

Tiyana is smashing down stereotypes as a Commercial Apprentice!

Tiyana first came across Construction Youth Trust in November 2018 when one of our Senior Programme Coordinators Wendy Heller gave an assembly at her school about the construction and built environment industry.

Beforehand, Tiyana had shared many of the common misconceptions about the sector – that it was boring, repetitive and labour intensive. However, Wendy’s talk opened her eyes to the wide range of opportunities available in the sector.

After hearing Wendy speak, Tiyana enrolled on one of our Budding Brunels courses. As well as gaining a fresh insight into...

Catching up with Nelson, 2 years on.

Nelson found out about Construction Youth Trust when our team came to his school in 2017 to give a presentation about the wide range of opportunities available in the construction and built environment sector.

When he came to us he was already enthusiastic about design and had an interest in Architecture as a career, but he wanted to learn more and develop the skills necessary to pursue this passion.

“I would like to use this chance to say a massive thank you to Construction Youth Trust as they have supported me continuously throughout the 2 year period that I have known them...

Our Budding Brunels have hit the ground running ready for the first school term!

Budding Brunels is a three day immersive employer-led course, aimed at engaging students in years 12 and 13 who are interested in finding out more about professional careers in the construction and built environment sector.

Already this term, we have partnered with TFL, Argent and Canary Wharf Contractors to give our Budding Brunels an insight into the industry and we are looking forward to partnering with Sir Robert McAlpine and Lendlease later this month.

The Budding Brunels course is interactive. As well as learning about the industry on-the-ground through live site tours,...

Budding Brunels alumni Samina is smashing the stereotype as an Assistant Site Manager!

Samina is one of our Budding Brunels alumni and now works as an Assistant Site Manager for Galliard Homes.

Affectionately known as 'The Rotteweiler' onsite, Samina is currently the youngest and only female site manager out of a team of 7 site managers.

We caught up with her to see how her Budding Brunels experience had helped her get to where she is now and find out more about why she has decided to return to the Trust as one of our industry volunteers.

Mimi tries on the role of Project Director for size!

There's no better way for young people to really understand and get to grips with an industry career than being able to try it on for size themselves.

Throughout the year we help place young people on work experience placements with our industry partners so they can explore the many different careers available in construction and the built environment. The placements typically last a week with an industry professional (or professionals!) mentoring our young people, inviting them into their daily work life and giving them first hand exposure to the complex and exciting world of...

A triumphant end to the Scape Budding Brunels programme

Over the past two years we’ve been delighted to partner with Scape to work together to inspire young people about the incredible breadth of professional careers within construction and the built environment.

Thanks to Scape’s generosity we have been able to run 6 Budding Brunels courses, the last of which was hosted by Wates Group and focused on the Nottingham College new City Hub campus project. Budding Brunels offers an immersive insight into professional construction careers. Following an inspirational visit to the new Nottingham College City Hub site the students formed...

St James at White City Living hosts first Budding Brunels Workshop

Last month, St James, part of the Berkeley Group, joined forces with Construction Youth Trust and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to deliver a three day ‘Budding Brunels’ career advice and guidance workshop at White City Living for two local schools: Hammersmith Academy and Fulham Enterprise Studios. White City Living is part of the £8 billion regeneration of the White City Opportunity Area.

Created by Construction Youth Trust, the Budding Brunels programme, funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, targets a diverse demographic of young people to help introduce them...