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Take a look at our indusTREE interview with Arboricultural Consultant Luke!

To celebrate Earth Day, we had a virtual chat with Luke all about trees!

Luke is the Managing Director of Treework Environmental Practice and played a fundamental part in the development of our Tree Project session as part of our CITB Contextualised Curriculum project. We’ve also been delighted to welcome Luke, and his colleagues, as industry volunteers on a number of occasions, sharing their vast knowledge of trees and construction with our young people.

Earth Day was on the 22nd of April and we wanted to celebrate the great outdoors and the role the environment plays in our...

Online careers sessions for young people!

We have developed a catalogue of online sessions that we can deliver remotely to continue our work engaging and inspiring young people about careers in construction and the built environment!

The online e-learning sessions currently include: Apprenticeship Q&A, Finding and Applying to Apprenticeships and Careers Networking. The sessions are career focussed, and enable young people to build their employability skills and discover alternative routes into the industry.

By using online platforms, we can continue to engage young people interested in a career in construction with...

Our long-term mentoring support has moved online!

On the 20th March, in line with the government guidelines, the Trust took the very difficult decision to pause our face-to-face delivery.

However, we are determined that the current Covid-19 crisis will not affect the quality of support we provide to our young people. Our focus has been on developing strategies for e-learning and online resources that will enable us to continue to work with the young people enrolled on our programmes.

Through our long-term mentoring programmes we offer bespoke 1-2-1 support and guidance to our young people. By taking a more personalised approach...

Rana talks about her experience on our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme!

Rana joined our HLDA programme after completing a Budding Brunels courses in 2018.

Although passionate about construction and the built environment, Rana had been unaware of different routes into the industry. She had been given a rough picture of apprenticeships at school, but they had always been presented to her as just the ‘other option’ to university. After working with the Trust, however, Rana sees apprenticeships as having equal value to more traditional university routes.

The most useful thing Rana found about the HLDA programme was the sustained support she...

Tyrone shone so much on his practical project, he was offered a job on the spot!

When Tyrone joined us on our Investing in Rehabilitation programme he was 17 and feeling unsure of his next steps.

He found a traditional classroom learning environment challenging, as he struggles to concentrate for long periods of time which has led to him becoming easily frustrated.

During the construction project, Tyrone proved himself to be a highly motivated individual when presented with practical tasks. A diligent young man with an incredible work ethic, Tyrone impressed one of our industry volunteers from employer Highview so much that he was offered a job on the spot!...

Congratulations Muaaz on securing an apprenticeship!

Muaaz joined our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme after attending our apprenticeship masterclass session that was delivered in partnership with ISG.

He had always been interested in a career in construction and the built environment, possibly as a civil engineer, however didn’t know the best way to pursue his goal as he recognised that the traditional university route wasn’t for him.

Whilst on our Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme, Muaaz’s ambition to become an apprentice was strengthened. Through the networking events, he was able...

On our Building Up programme, young people from Westminster got a taste of a career in carpentry!

The two day immersive Building Up programme, funded by the Westminster Foundation, is aimed at young people accessing homelessness services in the borough.

On the first day, participants developed their practical skills and tried their hand at carpentry, mentored by industry volunteers. Building planters is a tricky business involving lots of sawing to specific measurements, and during the demonstration our young people were slightly apprehensive about the task at hand.

However, once the group got stuck in and the planters began to take shape, their confidence and belief in...

Ebbsfleet Academy students redecorate local community asset!

The Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Swanscombe & Greenhithe Town Council funded a project that saw local Ebbsfleet Academy students make a positive impact on their community.

A group of Year 11 students renovated the Pavilion Community Centre. Over four days the group painted three of the five changing rooms as well as the referee’s room. The young people were supported and coached by experienced industry volunteers from local employers Anderson Group and Bell Group, and did a fantastic job of completely transforming the rooms at the community centre.

“The...

We went to Birmingham as part of National Apprenticeship Week to deliver a day long employer-led apprenticeship event!

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week this month, Construction Youth Trust was in Birmingham delivering a day-long employer-led apprenticeship event in partnership with Balfour Beatty VINCI, and our young people shone!

The apprenticeship route is a great opportunity for young people to develop practical skills alongside their studies, earn while they learn, and gain experience of the workplace which is invaluable to employers.

Our CITB funded Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship programme promotes apprenticeships as a valid alternative to full-time university routes, and give...

In North Kent, young people give back to a local pre-school by renovating its outside play area.

Generously supported by Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust, the Investing in Rehabilitation programme is a collaboration between Kent Youth Justice, KCC Early Help and the Trust.

The aim of the collaboration is to break the cycle of reoffending by engaging young offenders in a practical project which benefits their local community. Over four days, our young people worked with industry volunteers to renovate the outside area of the Owl Pre-School in Gravesend, laying down new Astroturf, constructing benches and making a sand pit for the children to play with.

“We could never...

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