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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...

Work Placement Success with CityWest Homes

Two young London based trainees have successfully secured work placements following completion of construction taster sessions funded by CityWest Homes and Westminster Community Homes.

Young people from Little Venice and Paddington who took part in the sessions all received an award for their hard work. The programme, delivered by Construction Youth Trust, taught them the basics of plumbing, tiling, carpentry and health and safety training. The sessions can lead to them joining the Construction Skills Certificate Scheme or gaining work in the construction industry.


Pathways to Success Trainees Celebrate Opening in Islington

Young trainees, community groups and contractors are celebrating today at the opening of Construction Youth Trust's brand new pathway.

The pathways is across Perth Green on the Bemerton Estate in Islington, constructed by volunteer trainees from the Trust's 'Pathways to Success' project.

Pathways to Success is a partnership between Construction Youth Trust, Bemerton Villages Management Organisation (BVMO) and Team Cally. The course aims to provide participants with hands on experience of a range of construction skills including manual handling, cement work,...

Islington Pathway Leads to Apprenticeships!

Two young trainees from the 'Pathways to Success' project are celebrating this week having both been offered apprenticeships.

Pathways to Success is a partnership between the Construction Youth Trust, Team Cally, and Bemerton Villages Management Organisation.

Charlie Kelly begins a Bricklaying apprenticeship with Kings Cross Construction in partnership with Carillion Construction Training, and Ryan Finnegan starts a Highways Maintenance apprenticeship with Ringway Jacobs.

Both trainees are delighted to be given the opportunities; Ryan commented:


Hackney Residents Embark on Built2Work

Construction Youth Trust is delighted to announce the start of the latest Built2Work project, a five-week construction course based in Hackney.

Using two void properties as a canvas for an introduction to construction-related skills, participants will learn carpentry, tiling, painting and decorating and plumbing through what has proved to be a successful training model that provides enhanced opportunities for young people upon completion of the project.

In partnership with Woodberry Works led by Manor House Development Trust, over 50% of participants from the two previous...

London Youth Groups Road Test Construction Through Mobile Classroom

A bold new initiative from Construction Youth Trust, with the backing of Land Securities and Bouygues, launched today.

Unveiled at Cardinal Place in Victoria, SW1, the initiative aims to help more than 1,200 young people a year engage with the construction industry.

Funded by Land Securities, Bouygues UK and Ecovert FM, the mobile classroom is the first of its kind in London following the success of three similar mobile classrooms operating across Wales. It will visit youth groups and neighbourhoods across the Capital to deliver construction-related training and careers...