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Budding Brunels with Mace at Vauxhall SkyGardens

MACE and Construction Youth Trust have worked together in the past with the aim of raising awareness of professional opportunities within the construction industry for young people. This course in Vauxhall, London was the last of the agreed five.

Budding Brunels is an Open College Network London (OCN) accredited course that gives young people, from a diverse range of backgrounds, an insight into the Built Environment, and provides industry-led careers advice from professionals in the field. Our aim is to inform students of the variety of careers available within the construction...

#ExperienceConstruction Campaign Launch

Our latest campaign #ExperienceConstruction has launched in partnership with Building Magazine Last week we launched the #ExperienceConstruction campaign with the aim of raising awareness of the value of work experience placements for young people.

To support the campaign and to encourage those in the industry to get on board, Building Magazine are featuring the campaign in their ‘back to school’ issue out right now, as well as hosting an online register with launch partner John Rowan and Partners, where construction companies can ‘pledge a placement’.


Work Experience at Construction Youth Trust

James Meredith (16 years old), experienced 1 week of work at Construction Youth Trust and below is an enthusiastic description of his time with us.

There was one feature that stood out for me whilst I was doing work experience at Construction Youth Trust, from meetings with prospective donors and teaching in the Budding Builders and Budding Brunels courses to each member of the Trust explaining what they do on a day to day basis: Passion. Everyone at Construction Youth Trust is ardently passionate about every aspect of their work, chiefly helping young people into the vast array of jobs...

Work Placement Success with Mace

Last month two sixth form students undertook a summer placement with Mace at the £400m redevelopment of the iconic BBC Television Centre in West London.

Ted was chosen from the Mace Budding Brunels project, whereas Mohamed was recruited from Fulham Enterprise Studio to replace another student who had dropped out.

Over the course of the 5 days, Ted and Mohamed were introduced to various areas of the business and experienced some of the many aspects of a construction project. Monday kicked off with a Health & Safety briefing and a site tour. The rest of the week saw the...

National Women in Engineering Day 2016 / Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Menywod mewn Peirianneg 2016

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To celebrate National Women In Engineering Day , we wanted to share the story of Marianna Mercado, an engineer who works for Network Rail. Please describe your current role:

SCADA Senior Project Engineer – I am responsible for ensuring that the Control and Monitoring System of the High Voltage Substations for Crossrail is designed, tested and built to the necessary requirements. I deal on a daily basis with a large number of stakeholders: designers, subcontractors, system commissioning parties and other major Network Rail Projects such...

Read our latest Budding Brunels Professional Interview - Mechanical Services Engineer

Chelsie is a Mechanical Services Engineer - Read her story:

This month's interview is with Chelsie Hedges who is a Mechanical Services Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. Read about her day to day responsibilities, how she got there and the not so helpful 'advice' that has spurred her on.

Tell us about yourself:

Who are you, what’s your job, and what company do you work for?

My name’s Chelsie Hedges and I’m a Mechanical Services Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services.

Tell us about your position:

What do you do...

Budding Brunels with AECOM

Last month on the 21st - 23rd March, a Budding Brunels project ran in Newcastle in partnership with AECOM, a global consultancy that provides professional, technical and management support services.

On day one, students were given the opportunity to network with professionals from both AECOM and Carillion and gained an insight into a diversevariety of roles, such as Sustainability Manager, Bridge Engineer, CAD Technician and Site Ecologist. They also had a guided tour of part of the Morpeth Northern Bypass which was the focus for the site visit.

The second day took place at the...

Budding Brunels Case Study: Nawaal Abdalla-Omar

Nawaal took part in a recent Budding Brunels course and was offered a work placement with Taylor Woodrow. In her words, here's her story:


Budding Brunels , a project run by Construction Youth Trust, gave me the fantastic opportunity for a weeks’ work experience with Taylor Woodrow at the Old Oak Depot earlier this term.

Pre-Work Experience

Before my placement started I needed to first research the company so I’d have a better understanding of what they are about. What I found was that they are a company who are owned by a large firm called...

National Apprenticeship Week - Budding Brunels Alumni

As it's National Apprenticeship Week, we have been catching up with some past Budding Brunels students who have since moved into apprenticeships to hear how they are getting on.

Jack Reidy took part in a Budding Brunels programme back in 2013 when we partnered with Vinci. He is now undertaking a Train Maintenance apprenticeship with TFL.

Please can you tell us about your career to date and how you became interested in working in the construction sector?

I had just finished college at a UTC studying mechanical engineering, and my dad, who works at TFL, infleunced and...

#NotJustForBoys Workshop

International Women’s Day provided the perfect backdrop for our first #notjustforboys workshop. The workshop took place in Villiers High School, Southall, and was the final in a series of sessions run with the Year 10 cohort in partnership with the National Careers Service.

Twenty-three young women took part, alongside eight female role-models from the industry. Volunteers represented specialisms as diverse as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Planning, Procurement and Quantity Surveying.

Two fun-filled hours saw participants interview role models to add to their...