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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...

Mobile Classroom giving the Manchester’s young people a taste of the construction industry

Construction Youth Trust launched a bold new initiative last week to help young people in some of the most deprived areas of Manchester and the North West engage with the construction industry and find employment.

The Mobile Classroom was unveiled at Manchester Town Hall with speakers including Sarah Barrett from Mears Group, and Dave Carty from Manchester City Council. Guests from the construction industry across the North West were able see the new Mobile Classroom van and witness the classroom in action with two young people taking part in a lesson in tiling.


London Mobile Classroom Wins Big Lottery Funding

Our London mobile classroom, teaching vocational skills to the young unemployed, has received £341,511 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The classroom travels into the heart of local London communities providing work experience, OCN qualifications and careers advice to young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

The funding will also be used to support the Trust’s wider social mobility initiatives ranging from participants renovating vacant properties and community centres, to building benches and pathways in local communities.


Constructing Futures – young residents in Tower Hamlets build careers in construction

Eight unemployed young people from Tower Hamlets will be celebrating today after completing a six-day multi-skills training course in construction.

The course was a joint venture between Construction Youth Trust, Peabody and Society Links.

The training was delivered by Construction Youth Trust’s mobile classroom which provides hands-on construction related courses directly in the heart of local communities. Participants learnt skills in tiling, carpentry, plumbing and painting and decorating with the venue provided by Society Links, and funding for each participant to...

Plastering Over the Cracks - making smooth progress

Two mothers and six young people from Blaenau Gwent are celebrating after successfully completing a course in plastering.

The two week course at NQF (National Qualifications Framework) Level 1 had been held by Construction Youth Trust at the offices in Blaina of Tai Calon Community Housing, Blaenau Gwent’s largest social housing landlord.

Friends, Claire King and Hannah Armstrong, are so impressed with their new found skills that they are planning to set up their own business. The women, who live at Rassau in Ebbw Vale are also tenants of Tai Calon.


Giving Young Offenders a Second Chance

A young offender from Leeds has been given the chance of a career in construction thanks to Construction Youth Trust and Knottingley-based Caddick Construction.

Naseem, 17, is currently serving a sentence at Wetherby Young Offenders' Institution. Following an introduction by Construction Youth Trust, he has started a six-month work placement with Caddick Construction working on-site four days a week.

He is working on the construction of The HUT, a youth centre in Castleford, which will feature a sports hall, bowling alley and sports courts, as well as a ‘chill out...