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Our Kent based young people are planning for their futures!

We facilitated a 2 week programme in Kent funded by BBC Children in Need, aiming to support 12 local young people in exploring their career options, raising their aspirations and developing their confidence!

Throughout this employer-led programme, we hosted a massive 38 industry volunteers from a number of leading organisations who worked alongside the young people, offering them a unique insight into the industry and acting as role models for our budding construction professionals. Our professionals from CITB, Balfour Beatty, Walker Construction, Skanska, Gallagher Group, Countryside...

Getting practical with Central London Forward!

Funded by Central London Forward, the Unlock Construction programme is a series of fun and practical pre-employment courses delivered across Kensington and Chelsea, Camden and Westminster.

Through the courses, local residents are supported to build practical skills, widen their career horizons and discover the huge breadth of opportunity within the construction and built environment sector.

In collaboration with local Youth Offending and Council teams, a diverse range of young people have taken part in three immersive week-long courses so far. Participants have been busy getting...

Lambeth Developer's Challenge: A 4 week programme to kick start Lambeth-based young people’s careers on-site!

Over the month of July, Construction Youth Trust and London Borough of Lambeth collaborated to develop and deliver the first ever Lambeth Developer's Challenge.

Aimed at Lambeth young people aged 16 -18 currently not in education, employment or further training and searching for their best next step, the Developer's Challenge is a diverse programme of activities with the ultimate aim of supporting a young person to develop their employability skills, raise their aspirations and discover a rewarding career in the construction and built environment sector.

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Plumbing students get a glimpse into their future career!

A group of Level 1 Plumbing students from New City College got a fantastic insight into the day-to-day realities of being a plumber onsite in an immersive taster day generously funded by the Portal Trust and hosted by Mount Anvil and Watkins!

The action packed day kicked off with a briefing that gave the students a taste of the importance of health & safety considerations on a live site, as well as the opportunity to ask questions to a young Watkins apprentice. Most of the students who attended are looking to secure an apprenticeship themselves in the future, so this was a great chance...

Local Lewisham and Greenwich young people supported on their career journeys

We facilitated a 2 week programme at Lewisham college supporting young people local to Lewisham and Greenwich to gain essential industry qualifications and develop their employability skills, funded by BBC Children in Need.

Participants learned and revised for their Level 1 Health & Safety and CSCS card qualifications, built their employability skills and discovered more about the huge breadth of opportunities available to them in the construction industry, engaging with a diverse range of professional volunteers along the way.

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We are thrilled to have collaborated with Active Training Team, who delivered their award winning ‘Your Choice’ training session all about health and safety to our most recent group of Budding Builders on Thursday!

Our young people received the training as part of the Health and Safety aspect of our delivery of this Budding Builders course, which is in collaboration with Centrepoint as part of the Centrepoint Works scheme.

Over the eight day course participants learn all about working in construction: honing their carpentry skills on a practical project, networking with industry professionals and developing their employability skills.

ATT used elements of their safety leadership session ‘Your Choice’ to encourage young people to talk openly, and share their thoughts and concerns...

An update on our young people – from a community project to construction qualifications!

Our North Kent community project in November, funded by the Colyer Fergusson Charitable Trust, saw us partner with the Kent Youth Justice Board and Early Help teams to positively engage young people in their community.

During the project, participants completed a renovation project at a local community centre and created a sensory board for the nursery. The week long project was a chance for the young participants to get an immersive insight into a variety of construction careers, and create a lasting legacy for their local community.

Following the project, we have continued to...

As part of our Constructing Communities programme, we’ve been at Valence House renovating their Anderson shelter.

Last week the second Constructing Communities project kicked off, funded by the Mayor of London’s Young Londoner’s Fund.

The programme sees young people deliver projects within their local community; helping them develop practical construction skills, introducing them to the range of construction careers available, and giving them the opportunity to interact positively with their local community.

"It's been excellent, I've loved every second of it. I've been doing a bit of drilling, sawing, it's stuff I want to do as a career”


#Inmybackyard – building benches at Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre

In partnership with Central London Forward (CLF) Construction Careers, we ran a fun filled 5 day DIY course at Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre.

For the second of our #Inmybackyard projects we welcomed a range of local young people, also working with the Camden Youth Offending Team offering the course as part of their reparation programme.

The group very quickly formed strong partnerships as it was all hands on deck to solve the many construction problems thrown up by a delivery of mismeasured wood. Pulling on the different strengths of the group, a design team recalculated...

#Inmybackyard – championing community with The Curve

In partnership with Central London Forward (CLF) Construction Careers, we ran a fun filled 5 day DIY course at The Curve community centre.

The aim of the partnership is to introduce young people to construction careers through a practical project that benefits their community. For young people who have little to no experience of the modern construction and built environment industry, it can be easy for them to discount the sector as not for them and miss the many opportunities open to them. Embedding the project within their local community, in a fun and relaxed way on their turf, we are...