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Guest Blog from Victoria Brambini at Scape Procure

Women: the key to unlocking construction resources post-Brexit

This week we have a guest blog post from Victoria Brambini, Managing Director at Scape Procure.

Scape Group have been great supporters of the Trust over the past 12 months, specifically with the #notjustforboys campaign. Last year they supported the Trust by sponsoring the #notjustforboys: Women in Construction report with the Smith Institute, and Victoria Brambini was one of our expert panel at the #notjustforboys break-out session at the Construction Industry Summit.

In the following piece, Victoria...

A Fond Farewell to Christine Townley

After over 10 years leading the Trust, Christine is moving on.

It goes without saying that Christine Townley has made an enormous contribution to the construction industry and the wider community. After 12 years at the Trust, ten as Executive Director, she has steered the organisation from relative obscurity to one of the leading charities in the construction sector. Her passion for providing young people with the best possible chances in life has helped the Trust pioneer best practice in connecting the construction industry with its local community and with young people, in...

8build fundraise with ‘Bake Off’ event

Last week 8build spent the day fundraising in their head office and sites across the UK, raising valuable money for the Trust.

Employees took part in the ‘8build Bake Off and Builder’s Tea’ by swapping cement mixers for food mixers! Staff hosted bake sales for their fellow colleagues offering sweet and savoury treats made at home to be enjoyed along with a cup of tea or coffee and a welcome break from work. Colleagues were encouraged to get competitive, with attendees voting for their favourite bakes, and the most popular crowned Star Baker.

As Construction Youth...

Construction Youth Trust announced as Mace Foundation Charity Partner

We are very proud to announce that Construction Youth Trust has been selected as one of Mace Foundations strategic charity partners for the next 3 years.

Over the last four years the Mace Foundation has donated £1.6 million to over 200 charities and worthy causes. This is helping drive forward Mace’s ambition to make a real and sustainable difference to the lives of disadvantaged people and communities where Mace works.

The Mace Foundation 2016 Annual Review has now been published. Highlights of the report include £380,000 donated to charities, the results of...

Interview with Carol Lynch

Designing Buildings Wiki sat down with our Chief Executive, Carol Lynch to discuss the work and challenges facing Construction Youth Trust, from Brexit, to construction’s lack of appeal, and schools’ failure to understand non-academic routes.

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW):

Could you tell us about your new Pledge a Placement initiative?

Carol Lynch (CL):

Construction Youth Trust (CYT) is very much about connecting young people with employers. The construction industry still tends to recruit people firstly, who have experience, and secondly, by...

Construction Cup 2017

We are so excited and grateful to be charity partner again for this year's Construction Cup with IBI Group!

The Construction Cup, one of the industry’s most popular charity football tournaments last year celebrated its first ever event where equality was the goal. This year the event will once again be in support of Construction Youth Trust and our ongoing diversity campaign #notjustforboys.

Organised by global design and technology firm, IBI Group and headline sponsored by contractors, Wates Construction the event saw 32 teams unite together and raised over £5,600...

Construction Youth Trust announce partnership with The Builders’ Conference

We are delighted to announce that Construction Youth Trust have been chosen as charity of the year for trade association Builders’ Conference , who will work with us to fundraise and raise awareness of our programmes and campaigns amongst their members.

With the huge skills gap facing the sector, set out so comprehensively in the Governments recent Farmer Review – ‘Modernise or die’ there is, more than ever before, a real need to encourage new talent to join the industry. Creating a more diverse sector is also important to attract young people, help them to...

Our second feature in the New Statesman

The latest New Statesman was published last week including the Spotlight housing supplement which we are proud to have contributed towards for the second time.

The 'Spotlight' supplement is a comprehensive and definitive report designed to inform the magazine's influential readership on housing; a huge strand of this looking into the future of construction; highlighting current issues in the sector and discussing potential solutions.

With our logo on the front cover, and the editorial opinion piece on the inner front page, the content sits alongside other editorial...

Construction Youth Trust Wales win share of Tesco carrier bag charge fund

The Construction Youth Trust Wales team have recently won £8,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Shoppers were invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant, with Construction Youth Trust as one of the groups on the shortlist.

Using the £8,000 grant we plan...

women in maintenance

Encouraging women into the maintenance trades

This week we launched the first free taster sessions for women interested in careers in building maintenance.

In partnership with Mears the first of these workshops were run in both Caerphilly and Nottingham with United Welsh and Nottingham City Homes. The aim was to provide a practical, inspiring and safe learning experience for women who wish to ‘have a go’ at a trade before deciding on whether to pursue a career in building maintenance.

The taster sessions consisted of practical training work in several trade skills like plumbing, joinery, and painting and...