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Putting a price on young people's futures

London South Bank University (LSBU) is working with us in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to help the Trust gain a better understanding of the impacts and outcomes of our work.

The aim of the partnership between the Trust and LSBU, one of London’s oldest and largest Universities, is to expand our activities regionally and nationally by developing Social Return on Investment (SROI) activities to increase funding and the number of young participants who we work with. This partnership received financial support from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme (KTP). KTP...

Making Access Fairer

Executive Director Christine Townley questions whether we are giving young people fair access to higher education

The recent report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on access to Higher Education tells a sorry story about the number of state school pupils getting into the Russell group universities. Despite having the same qualifications as their public school peers state school children do not get the same numbers of places offered to them. Sadly although there has been an increase in admissions to those Universities as a whole in the last ten years more places...

Budding Brunels from Birmingham given access to major construction project thanks to Network Rail

Network Rail and Construction Youth Trust team-up to offer Birmingham students a career boost.

Construction Youth Trust in partnership with Network Rail, have provided an un-paralleled insight into the redevelopment project at Birmingham’s New Street Station. Thirty students from local schools had the opportunity to take part in a three-day Open College Network accredited Budding Brunels course which saw over 36 volunteers from Network Rail providing information, advice and guidance to students during the project and in post project work placements.


Construction Skills, Mace and Construction Youth Trust offer construction opportunities for Budding Brunels at Tate Modern site

4 A-level students from Westminster, Greenwich and Waltham Forest completed a three-day Open College Network accredited Budding Brunels course in November.

The project, centered around the extension to the Tate Modern museum, was funded by Construction Skills and supported by international consultancy and construction company Mace, and their client the Tate. The course introduced students to leading industry professionals from Mace (construction managers), Herzog and de Meuron (architects), Ramboll (structural engineers), Max Fordham (services engineers) and Davis Langdon (cost...

Skills:Building a Brighter Future

Infrastructure work: An opportunity to give young school leavers construction skills training.

Executive Director Christine Townley features in New Civil Engineer,an article focussing on infrastructure and helping young people into employment:

The construction industry received a boost this month with Chancellor George Osborne’s announcement that there would be further investment in infrastructure.

However, we need to capitalise on this investment to ensure we create a workforce of tomorrow and address the skills gap, which is threatening the industry. The...

Construction companies offer Hackney students work placements through inspiring careers-based programme

Twenty two Year 12 students from Hackney schools participated in a three-day OCN accredited Budding Brunels course hosted by British Land and Blackstone.

The course introduced them to leading industry professionals from British Land, M3, Mace, Buro Happold, Make, DP9, Arup and Broadgate Estates and provided access to the £340m 5 Broadgate site. Following completion of the course, seven students were offered work placements in the fields of civil engineering, structural engineering, architecture, property management, development management and cost consultancy.


Oxford's Budding Brunels given access to New Bodleian redevelopment

Mace and Construction Youth Trust offer accredited placement opportunities on historic site

Construction Youth Trust in partnership with international consultancy and construction company Mace recently provided an un-paralleled insight into the development of a major restoration project, providing students from local schools the opportunity to take part in a 3-day Budding Brunels course centered around Oxford’s Weston library site. The accredited Open College Network programme features summer work placements with Mace for participants who excel on the project.


Budding Brunels offered work placements with VINCI Construction UK at Streatham site

30 Year 12 students from Lambeth recently took part in a Budding Brunels project with Construction Youth Trust supported by VINCI Construction UK.

Budding Brunels is an OCN accredited 3-day schools engagement programme aimed at informing and engaging young students from non-privileged backgrounds who are researching their higher education options and considering career paths within the built environment.

On the first day of the programme students from Dunraven School, Lambeth College and Lilian Baylis met with representatives from VINCI Construction UK at the Southbank...

Budding Brunels course receives endorsement from Institution of Civil Engineers

ICE President Richard Coakley has backed the Trust’s flagship schools engagement programme.

He stated: “The Institution of Civil Engineers is pleased to endorse Construction Youth Trust’s Budding Brunels programme, a significant schools engagement project supporting students from non-privileged backgrounds into the construction industry. The ICE is committed to promoting diversity within Civil Engineering, and recognises the achievements of Budding Brunels in working with high numbers of young people from ethnic and gender groups currently under-represented in the...

Budding Brunels Supporting Social Mobility

Director of the Trust Christine Townley on how disadvantaged young people are still missing out on job opportunities.

Most people will be surprised by the OECD’s latest findings that Britain has some of the lowest social mobility in the developed world. Sadly, I am not. Every day the Construction Youth Trust works in communities where we see disadvantaged young people missing out on chances for employment and further education. This month’s government paper, the Milburn Report, also highlights a lack of progress in key areas such as: awareness and aspiration raising in...