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Routes Into Construction Placement Success

Alfie Delaney, 19, from Bermondsey approached Construction Youth Trust on Monday last week, and was given a work placement with Keepmoat the very next day.

Working as part of the Greater London Joint Initiative Programme with CITB, Routes into Construction is a Construction Youth Trust programme which brings together a number of construction employers who are committed to providing practical work experience opportunities within the construction industry, enabling local young people to enhance their employment prospects and make more informed career choices.

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The Mayor of Southwark joins us for Budding Builders Graduation

It was an emotional and exciting day at the Construction Youth Trust Training Centre last week, as 14 students from the Budding Builders course attended their graduation.

Having completed multi-skilled courses in the construction trades, the students aged between 16 – 26 were awarded their certificates by the Mayor of Southwark Dora Dixon-Fyle.

Along with many friends and family of the students, the event was attended by local stakeholders including Southwark council members, members of the industry such as Grosvenor and their supply chain, educators, referral...

Willmott Dixon Interiors support Routes Into Construction

Each year, Willmott Dixon hold a competition for its management trainees in each of its divisions. The goal of the competition is to create and implement a project that generates sustainable community impact. Willmott Dixon Interiors chose to renovate a green space in central London called the Calthorpe Project. For this project the WDI management trainees carried out various building works to renovate the internal meeting room and toilets, provide decking at various locations across the site, and upgrade and make secure the park entrance. The trainees will work on the project with 10...

Welcome to our new Construction Training Centre!

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new construction training centre on Drummond Road in Bermondsey with the support of our partner Grosvenor.

The Construction Training Centre will enable young people from the area to access training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry. The training centre offers OCN accredited multi-skilled and trade-focused courses with Level 1 Health and Safety in Construction included in both.

The Construction Training Centre was formally opened last week, with a welcome breakfast attended by local...

Construction Youth Trust shortlisted for the 2015 Housing Excellence Awards

We are delighted to announce that Construction Youth Trust & CentrePoint have been shortlisted for ‘Best Partnering Scheme' at the 2015 Housing Excellence Awards. In 2014 the Trust, in partnership with Camden Council and CentrePoint Charity for the Homeless, delivered a practical community project in Camden. The aim of the project was to engage 15 young homeless people aged 16-15 of which 10 were not native English speakers, to work towards the refurbishment of Oak House CentrePoint hostel. Over the course of 4 weeks young people learnt practical construction skills...

Laing O Rourke volunteers help set up our new Bermondsey Training Centre

On Tuesday 24th March, we welcomed 7 volunteers from Laing O’Rourke to our new training centre in Bermondsey. The centre, due to open in April, will offer longer courses in trade skills to young people, such as plastering, painting & decorating, bricklaying and joinery. The volunteers work on the Elephant Road regeneration project in Elephant and Castle and wanted to donate their time to a local project and so joined Construction Youth Trust for the day to help us set up the centre ahead of it’s launch on 17th April. The volunteers came from a range of professions, from...

The Trust teams up with Southwark college students to work on community project

Young people from LeSoCo College learnt valuable construction skills throughout 2014 at our unique ‘pop up’ training facility. Not only have young people on our courses been taught a range of useful skills, they have also been given a chance to look at the construction industry in real life at sites in the borough.

We delivered introductory training from our training base in Southwark throughout 2014 to young people from the local area, working closely with employers in the borough and throughout London as well as the college to support young people to access the job...

Construction opportunities for young Ealing residents through People’s Millions Success

The Trust was delighted to win £50,000 back in November 2013 through ITV London and Big Lottery’s People’s Millions award to run a project in collaboration with homelessness charity Centrepoint.

We have since been putting the funding to good use running a course at a West London Centrepoint hostel, with young unemployed people earning new qualifications while working on a real site; and one student has already secured a carpentry apprenticeship.

The Trust enlisted the help of its friends and supporters to dial the competition hotline to vote for the...

Service leavers offered construction experience to build brighter futures.

A number of industry employers have joined together to provide a minimum of 70 work placements for Service leavers in an effort to bridge the expanding skills gap and provide Service leavers with a new career path. Since the programme’s first event with Lend Lease in June, BuildForce has already assigned 13 Service leavers with successful work placements within the industry.

Richard from Staffordshire commented on his work placement with Lend Lease:

“I met interesting and engaging people, undertook an enlightening and enjoyable placement and feel that it has...

Camden residents refurbish Centrepoint hostel

In the first of several short projects, four residents of the Camden hostel, and one resident from another nearby removed and refitted the kitchen and also undertook painting and decorating works to the space under the guidance of one of our London trainers. None of the participants had undertaken work like this before and four of the young people did not have English as a first language.

Our trainer taught the group new practical skills and supported them to gain three separate OCN Accreditations in Health & Safety, Carpentry, and Painting & Decorating. These young people...