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Hi everyone! I’m Jason and I am the new Central Resources Intern here at Construction Youth Trust!

It has been just over a week since I began my internship at Construction Youth Trust and I couldn’t be happier to get started working here.

My internship is part of the Jack Petchey Internship Programme; an amazing scheme which aims to give young people across London and Essex the opportunity to kick-start their career in the charity sector. Over the course of the internship, I will also benefit from a training bursary and workshops to aid in career development. Now in its third year, the programme funds year-long internships for 40 young people at 40 youth organisations and I feel...

Our Landsec Future Property School cohort blew the industry panel away with their professional pitches!

Young people on our Future Property School programme, delivered in partnership with Landsec, pitched their own ideas for Landsec’s 21 Moorfields site to a panel of industry professionals from Landsec and David Miller Architects!

Over 12 weeks, the programme participants have gained a well-rounded insight into the many disciplines and careers that make up the construction and built environment sector and how these roles come together practically for a construction project. The professional pitches are the culmination of the programme, with students splitting into 2 teams and applying...

Budding Brunels alumna Xhesika is on her way to becoming an Architect!

Xhesika attended one of our world-of-work programmes, hosted by Transport for London, in July 2019.

Before she met the Trust Xhesika had been studying Art and Design for her A-Levels and she had an interest in Architecture, but also shared many of the common misconceptions surrounding the construction industry as a male-dominated space that did not have room for someone like her.

Our world-of-work programmes give young people an immersive, employer-led experience of a construction workplace. Over 3 days, Xhesika and her peers were split into teams and explored a variety of roles...

Welcome Jason, our new Central Resources Intern!

We’re thrilled to be taking part in the Jack Petchey Internship Programme, welcoming our new Central Resources Intern Jason to the team!

The Jack Petchey Internship Programme is designed to give young people a flying start in the charity sector, and help organisations like Construction Youth Trust provide the best possible support to our beneficiaries. The funding will also cover training and mentoring for Jason to help his professional development by allowing him to explore different roles within the charitable sector.

As our Central Resources Intern Jason will gain a...

We have kicked off another Building Brighter Futures programme at Fulham Boys School!

The aim of the programme is to help young people discover a range of construction and built environment professions that are suited to their skills and interests, raising their aspirations and reengaging them with their classroom learning by showing how it is useful in the workplace.

A group of Year 9 students have been given the brief of designing a wellbeing space for their school. Over 3 months, participants will attend employer-led sessions that will introduce them to the breadth of career roles available in the industry, and apply the skills and knowledge they gain about the industry...

Inspiring Futures within construction and the built environment

Our new programme Inspiring Futures, generously funded by BBC Children in Need and the Youth Futures Foundation, supports young people who are deciding on their next steps into rewarding opportunities within construction and the built environment!

Through the programme, we focus on working with young people who are underrepresented in the construction industry. Sessions are employer-led, introducing participants to relatable role models in a broad range of roles to ensure that diverse young talent feels welcomed by the industry, sees it as one that employs people like them, and feels...

Jack's story

We first met Jack when he was in Year 10 and took part in the 2 day engagement at his school, Pimlico Academy.

The students spent a morning with current apprentices, who shared their unique journeys and experiences with the group, as well as discovering how their maths learning is integral to construction careers. The group also visited Mace’s Grosvenor Square site and completed a design and build project based upon a brief where the students put sustainability at the fore of their work.

Jack really enjoyed the 2 day engagement and was inspired to ask his uncle if he could...

Southwark students build employability skills and discover construction careers!

We delivered a series of 5 employer-led online sessions at City of London Academy Southwark, catering to students’ differing needs and interests.

For Year 10 and 11 students who are preparing to take the next step in their career journeys, our employability sessions are a great resource to develop the skills necessary to impress when applying for opportunities.

Our CV Workshop, Interview Skills and Cover Letters sessions are all supported by professionals in industry with experience of the recruitment process. Students are taken through the different stages of an application...

Our Landsec Future Property School cohort get ready to present their final designs!

The Landsec Future Property School programme sees students exploring a range of careers within the construction and built environment sector through weekly online workshops and activities.

For the past 3 months, 11 Year 12 students from Pimlico Academy have been working through an interactive activity, developing their own project briefs for a build based on what they have been learning. Attending online sessions led by professional volunteers, students have discovered how different roles come together for a construction project, supported by the insights and experiences of a range of...

Finding innovative ways to deliver online!

We have delivered two online site visits to students at City of Westminster College with the support of our industry partners, giving our young people a truly immersive virtual experience of live construction sites!

We have not let the COVID-19 lockdowns prevent us from finding ways to engage our young people online. In collaboration with employer partners Wates and Sir Robert McAlpine, we have taken students in our Westminster hub on a virtual journey, discovering the realities of a construction site.

In an online walkthrough, Wates showed us around their Coombe Wood School in...