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Construction Youth Trust Win Share of NatWest’s £2.5m Skills Fund

Construction Youth Trust's Budding Builders programme is one of the six London community projects that will receive a share of NatWest’s £2.5m Skills & Opportunities Fund.

Last year, NatWest gave away £2.5m in grants to community projects across the UK and Ireland through their newly launched Skills & Opportunities Fund and are set to do the same this year. Across the nation, a total of 911 organisations put forward applications for the first round of funding this year; 90 of these were short-listed to go to a public vote, and over 30,000 votes have now...

Mobile Classroom taster session success

Construction Youth Trust opened the doors of its Mobile Classroom in Kings Cross to welcome 11 prospective students.

We welcomed eleven young men to a taster session introducing them to our mobile classroom based at the Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre. The potential starters all came from the borough of Camden and the neighboring boroughs Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea with a view to beginning the course on the 1st of June.

After a warm welcome from the team, the new recruits were given an introduction to the Budding Builders programme and what they can expect from...

Volunteering at the Trust / Gwirfoddoli yn yr Ymddiriedolaeth

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Last week we were lucky enough to be visited at our training centre in Bermondsey by three volunteer Structural Engineers from AECOM, Jack, David and Kim. They presented to the students about the projects AECOM had worked on, their own roles in the company and finally the routes the students themselves could take into Engineering. The students were so impressed that they returned the favour! The volunteers were suited up and joined Pearl and her class in the workshop for a crash course in tiling. Feedback was positive all round and we’d...

Construction Taster Session brings in young people from all over London

Construction Youth Trust opens the doors of its Training Centre in Bermondsey to welcome 17 prospective students.

We welcomed 16 young men and one young woman to a construction taster session at our Bermondsey Training Centre this week. People arrived from as far afield as Tottenham, Bromley and Bexleyheath; and local Southwark residents also enjoyed the proximity of the centre to their homes.

After a warm welcome from the team, the new recruits were given an introduction to the Budding Builders and Routes into Construction programmes. The group were very engaged and keen to hear...

Ten students complete three week Budding Builders course

Staff at Construction Youth Trust were delighted to congratulate ten students from Lambeth and Wandsworth upon their completion of our three week Budding Builders course.

Ten students were presented with certificates upon their completion of Construction Youth Trust’s three week Budding Builders Carpentry programme. All ten of them achieved a Level 1 Open College Network accredited qualification in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, which will enable them to gain CSCS cards and go into employment in the construction industry.

The students all came from Lambeth...

Site Visit with Linden Homes Inspires Students to Reach New Heights

Nine students from our Budding Builders training programme in Bermondsey visited a local Linden Homes housing development.

Construction Youth Trust recently completed its fourth site visit at the Linden Homes housing development on Grange Walk in Bermondsey, a short walk from the Budding Builders Training Centre on Drummond Road. Over the last six months students from various course cohorts have been able to see the site develop from ground level to first fitting.

Site Manager Gary Stent took the students on a whistle-stop tour of the site, allowing them to take in everything from...

Seven Kings JCP job fair leads to successful Routes into Construction placement and job

Construction Youth Trust met Glen Finch at the Seven Kings JCP Job Fair in February, and organised a successful work placement with West Drylining in Ilford. Glen has since got a job at Brookfield Multiplex’s London Wall Place site in Moorgate.

Glen Finch is 20, and has site experience of plastering and drylining. He completed qualifications for painting and decorating and plastering; a L1 Award in Health and Safety in the Construction Environment and holds a CSCS card. However, he was struggling to find work when he met Construction Youth Trust staff at Seven Kings JCP careers fair...

National Apprenticeship Week

It's the start of National Apprenticeship Week so we are celebrating apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy by sharing a recent success story.

18 year old Southwark resident, Aaron Bouchiba, has been recruited for an apprenticeship at the iconic One Blackfriars development on London’s South Bank, facilitated by employability initiative Routes Into Construction .

Aaron, who lives in Surrey Quays, started a work experience placement at One Blackfriars in December 2015. During the placement he was trained...

Thank you and Goodnight

Today is a very sad day at the Trust as the fabulous Nicola Mason is leaving us for pastures new.

Nicola has always been an inspiration with her level of hard work and passion. Her dedication to the young people she works with on a daily basis is unrivalled - they are always her top priority with their progression and well-being constantly as the focus of her work.

Some of her achievements include leading on the delivery of a two year project for Camden residents, wherein 8 cohorts of young people had the opportunity to access her excellent careers advice and practical...

Not Just For Boys - Ash's Story

Ash was first introduced to the Trust in Nov 2015, when we were recruiting for our Women’s-only cohort at Kings Cross Construction.

She attended an information session at New Horizon Youth Centre and signed up for our course. Unfortunately, she couldn’t complete the women’s-only course due to housing difficulties. The Trust kept in contact with her and when her housing stabilised we placed her on a course in Jan 2016.

Ash’s experience with Construction Youth Trust

Ash took part in a 3 week carpentry course taking place in Kilburn...