News & events

Helping those in supported housing find security

I was delighted this week when some of my team met with the charity Centrepoint to discuss our exciting new project which has reached the finals of the ITV/Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Millions project. Centrepoint have been working to get young homeless people into work and stable housing for many years and it is great to find ideas of things we can do together. We encounter many young people who are in supported housing when we do our training projects.

When we think of homelessness we often think of people living rough on the streets but in fact it covers anyone in...

Pathway to construction for young people from Manchester

We have been working with a group of young people from the local area to regenerate a dirt track used as a short cut through Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield. The project is supported by Manchester City Council and Carillion Construction Services.

This project is a great opportunity for local unemployed young people to learn construction skills on a real project and not just in a classroom. The Practical Community Project involves subcontractor Murraywood working with the young people to dig out the dirt track and lay a new path for members of the public to use as an additional...

Empty office space to become new training facility

We are transforming an empty office space in Southwark in to a new full time training facility, and are looking for support to help us achieve our mission.

The Trust is once again thrilled to be using the empty office space kindly provided by Southwark Council, to deliver introductory construction to local young people. Working in partnership with referral agencies from across the borough the Trust is currently delivering its second Mobile Classroom programme from the site and planning is underway to deliver longer more intensive training which will also see the venue transformed...

Trainees in Manchester get creative in carpentry course

Young Trafford locals build planters and bird houses in a recent Mobile Classroom course with the Trust

The young people aged between 14 and 30 from Trafford recently completed a 12-week Mobile Classroom course with the Trust funded by Sale West Community Urban Trust. The trainees undertook a Level 1 Open College Network (OCN) accredited course in Carpentry & Joinery in which they covered constructing to drawings, measuring and cutting, cutting mortise and tenon joints using a range of woordworking hand tools and using different types of woods.

The young people...

Trust trainees help refurbish disused Redhill community space

The Trust is running a 6 week Open College Network (OCN) accredited construction course in Redhill for young locals aged between 16 and 24.

The course is run in partnership with Raven Housing Trust, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Reigate & Redhill Community Church (RRCC), Legal & General and Orbit Group. The RRCC had been looking to refurbish a town centre unit into a community and youth facility and this was a great opportunity to provide training to local young people in a real working environment.

The Trust’s trainers will teach practical and...

Disused office block provides construction skills training base for young Southwark locals

The Trust recently ran a programme for young people in Southwark interested in trying their hand at construction.

The locals, aged between 16 and 25, learnt new skills in painting and decorating, wallpapering, and carpentry in disused offices in Thurlow Street.

The project was generously funded by The Worshipful Company of Drapers and Southwark Council, who also provided the venue. Through using a disused office, the young people gained experience of what a real working environment is like. Using the space as a blank canvas for training meant that they had the chance to...

Deputy Mayors celebrate apprenticeship success of innovative Mobile Classroom.

e have been celebrating National Apprenticeship Week by sharing the success of our young people with Kit Malthouse, the Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise and Stephen Greenhalgh the Deputy Mayor for Policing.

Executive Director Christine Townley and Rod Bennion Chairman of Trustees met with the Deputy Mayors at City Hall to discuss the Trust’s programmes and their efforts in helping young people into apprenticeships in construction.

The group was also joined by representatives from two of the Trust’s sponsors Land Securities and...

Constructing New Futures in Hampshire

The Trust recently began a brand new Toolkit for Life programme in South West Hampshire working with young ex-offenders.

A group of young locals are taking part in an 8 week, Level 1 OCN accredited course, delivered by the Trust. The course takes place three days a week and covers Bricklaying, Painting & Decorating and Carpentry whilst helping prepare them for their CSCS health and safety test, and bring their CVs and interview skills up to scratch. There will also be a visit to a Wates construction site where the trainees will see the Centre of Marine Excellence for Lloyds and...

Young people of Bettws give local community centre new lease of life

Construction Youth Trust has begun a new project in partnership with ConstructionSkills called 'Warm Welcome' in Bettws, South Wales.

The two part programme involves 20 young people, who aren’t in education, employment or training, taking part in a refurbishment project of the Bettws Civil Service Club in Newport. The team plan to improve the exterior of the rundown property by removing damaged cladding, re-rendering and repainting among other things.

After the course, each participant will come away with new construction related skills such as rendering,...

Young People in Islington given a pathway to success

An exciting youth engagement training programme is taking place on the Bemerton Estate in Islington giving local young people new opportunities to get into work and training programmes.

TheThe Pathways to Success project is a partnership between Construction Youth Trust and Bemerton Villages Management Organisation (BVMO) and aims to help the most disadvantaged young people get into work.

Construction Youth Trust works with young people not currently in education, employment or training, providing practical construction training schemes which prepare them for work. The...