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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...

Budding Builders; an Outsider's Perspective

Over the last couple of weeks, as a part of my internship at Construction Youth Trust, I have had the privilege of helping out at their training centre in Bermondsey assisting on one of their, Budding Builders programmes.

The course is geared towards young men and women in the London area who wish to gain their Health and Safety Level One qualification, and a CSCS card which enables them to gain employment on a building site.

During the course so far, which started on Monday the 15th of February and lasts for three weeks, ten new recruits began their journey towards a...

Budding Builders Case Study: Jacob

26 year old Jacob was referred on to a Construction Youth Trust Budding Builders course in September 2015, which took place at our Bermondsey training centre. Before attending this course Jacob was seeking training or work opportunities, with the help of Southwark Works who referred him onto our carpentry course.

During Jacob's four weeks with Construction Youth Trust he achieved an OCN Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification and gained practical skills in carpentry. He completed a four joint frame, which he has now turned into a side table for...

Budding Builders students donate their carpentry work to Bede Wildlife Garden

Students completing a carpentry course with Construction Youth Trust donate a bench and two hedgehog houses to the Bede Trust’s Wildlife garden.

Seven students completing a three-week Budding Builders carpentry course at Construction Youth Trust’s training centre in Bermondsey presented the product of their work recently to a local charity - The Bede Trust. The students received their end of course certificates from Councillor Anood Al-Samerai, Leader of the Southwark Liberal Democrat Group. The Executive Director of Construction Youth Trust, Christine Townley was also there to...

Six students successfully complete a three week Budding Builders course

Staff at Construction Youth Trust were delighted to congratulate six students upon their completion of our three week course.

Six students were presented with certificates upon their completion of Construction Youth Trust’s three week Budding Builders Construction Multiskills programme. All six of them achieved an Entry Level 3 OCN London accredited qualification in Health and Safety. They participated in taster sessions in carpentry, tiling, painting and decorating and plumbing, giving them an introduction to a wide range of trades and broadening their skill set. Students travelled...

Construction Youth Trust offers Taster Session to young people in the community

The Trust opened the doors of its training centre in Bermondsey, South London to young people interested in a career in construction.

Seven young people took part in a construction taster activity at the Trust’s Training Centre in Bermondsey. The prospective students were referred onto the session by a variety of different organisations, including Hobbit House School, Southwark Travellers Action Group, JobCentre Plus and Southwark Youth Offending Service. All seven of the students were given a tour of the facilities. They also received an introduction to the Budding Builders and...