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Sam's a graduate Energy Engineer - Read his story:

In the monthly Budding Brunels newsletter, we’ve started to interview young professionals working within the Built Environment. In our first feature, we’ve spoken to Sam Benjamin, a graduate Energy Engineer. He’s here to unpick what exactly an Energy Engineer does, and why he’s enjoying his time at major consultancy firm BuroHappold.

Who you are and what’s your job?

I’m Samuel Benjamin and I work for BuroHappold Engineering in the Energy team as a Graduate Energy Engineer. We devise...

48 work placements in one month!

What better way to promote careers in construction following National Careers Week than to thank British Land, Mace Group, TFL, FM Conway, Laing O’ Rourke, Squire Partners, Waterman Group, Network Rail, Carillion, Sir Robert Mc Alpine and HS2 who all last month offered our students a total of 48 week-long work placements in different construction positions. These work placements will play a vital role for the students, giving the opportunity to explore first hand the world of construction.

These placements not only will help our Budding Brunels to boost their CVs but also...

London students meet Rail Infrastructure leaders to learn about careers in the industry

We recently joined forces with rail infrastructure organisations across London to deliver a pilot Budding Brunels programme funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

The programme aimed to raise young people’s awareness of the breadth of professional and technical career opportunities available within the sector by offering a chance to meet with industry professionals, visit live sites and take part in work experience placements .

The partnership was developed with representatives from Network Rail, Transport for London, High Speed Two (HS2) and...

McNicholas recruits technician apprentice through the Trust in memory of Tommy McNicholas

September 2014 proved to be a special month for Issac Lindo, a young man of 18 from London who was selected by McNicholas for their Level 3 Civil Engineering Technician Apprenticeship role.

Isaac who was set on entering the construction industry through a work based learning route, took part in a pre-apprenticeship scheme organised by McNicholas and the Trust as part of our Budding Brunels programme.

Budding Brunels works with talented students from poor socio-economic areas or under-represented ethnic backgrounds and aims to raise awareness of opportunities at the...

Mace inspires Budding Brunels in Oxford

The project took place in Oxford at the £65m New Bodleian Library project at University of Oxford.

The Trust’s Budding Brunels programme is a schools engagement programme aimed at students from diverse backgrounds or schools with a high percentage of students on free school meals. It aims to inform and inspire them about professional opportunities available in the construction industry. The programme brings together students with industry ambassadors to help them learn more about the built environment and the array of career paths and opportunities available to them...

Budding Brunels highly commended in presitgious RAE award

Budding Brunels is an Open College Network accredited schools engagement programme designed to inform and inspire students about higher education and career options within the built environment and aiming to broaden diversity within the sector.

The award from The Royal Academy of Engineering is for the public promotion of engineering and is normally awarded to an individual, small team or project based in the UK that has supported the Academy's aims and work through their initiative in promoting engineering to the public.

The award was named in honour of the late Sir...

Working with Network Rail to inspire future generations

The programme’s aim is to develop industry awareness and employability skills for local young people, 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, they will also help to inspire a more diverse workforce.

The programme is based on our existing initiative, Budding Brunels which is an Open College Network accredited schools engagement programme designed to...

VINCI and Construction Youth Trust

This month we are shining a spotlight on VINCI Construction UK, a dedicated supporter of the Trust and our Budding Brunels programme in particular We have a very successful working relationship with VINCI which has allowed us to run consistently well-planned and delivered programmes for our students. Not only does VINCI provide financial support to the programmes but their employees volunteer their time to share their experiences of the construction industry, take them on site visits, and hold interviews for work placements.

Through the Budding Brunels programmes with VINCI, our...

'El Ingeniero': Setting out Success

Christine Townley discusses the transferable skills construction can offer and how we need to spread this news to young people. Like the Civil Engineer he is by training, the new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini knows that solid constructions need steel.

As I watched Pellegrini's new Manchester City recruits deliver a demolition job on Newcastle at the Etihad last week, I began to think about the lessons we can draw from his varied career.

Having studied Civil Engineering at university, Pellegrini embarked on a successful playing career, playing 28 times for...

Olympic Legacy: Stratford welcomes Budding Brunels

The Trust has recently worked with Bam Nuttall, Balfour Beatty, Atkins, PRP Environmental, John Rowan and Partners and Schneider Electric to deliver a very unique Budding Brunels course funded by CITB at the Olympic Park.

31 students from Newham College, Barking and Dagenham College and Charter School took part in the project which was centred around the regeneration, sustainability and legacy of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. During the 3-day project, students were introduced to leading industry professionals from the partner construction companies, and 10 students were offered...