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Give Young Workers a Chance

Construction Youth Trust Director, Christine Townley responds to Employment Minister Chris Grayling's call to employers in Evening Standard Letters.

"As a charity our role is to raise often low levels of awareness among young people about what construction offers – that it isn’t just about being a brickie – but also about giving them a taste of the technical and professional roles and helping them find work placements and jobs.

Lots of companies go into schools, but this provision needs to be joined up so every young person gets a bite of the...

Building a Future – Manchester Construction Firms Support Youth Employment Drive

Representatives from across the Manchester construction industry have met with Construction Youth Trust to map out ways in which they can help young people into a career in construction.

At a breakfast event hosted by leading engineering consultants, Arup, guests found out about how the Trust has been helping young people in the area to gain work experience, work placements and apprenticeships with local employers.

Vicky Rosin, Deputy Chief Executive of Manchester City Council spoke about working with the Trust to provide work placements in conjunction with local...

Royal Visit to View Restoration Work of the Historic Cutty Sark

HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited the Cutty Sark in Greenwich this week to view the ship’s restoration work in anticipation of the official opening later this Spring.

The Duke attended in a small group with Construction Youth Trust, of which the Duke, himself an architect, has been Patron since 1987. The visit was arranged courtesy of Byrne Group, a key supporter of the Trust, whose subsidiary Ellmer Construction has been restoring the wooden planks to the hull of the historic 19th century tea clipper.

Built in 1869, Cutty Sark served as a merchant vessel then as a...

Brand New Construction OCNs to Boost Employment Prospects

Construction Youth Trust has been granted Approved Centre Status by the Open College Network (OCN) to deliver accredited training programmes in construction.

National Open College Network (NOCN) is the leading credit-based awarding body in the UK, offering high quality, flexible, credit-based qualifications and is accredited by the Regulatory Authorities in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Trust is now offering OCN units covering 'Building and Construction' and 'Preparation for Life and Work' which are both brand new and unique to the Trust...

HRH The Duke of Gloucester Visits Rochdale School Careers Day

Falinge Park High School, Rochdale, has welcomed HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO to officially open their new ICT building.

The visit coincides with a construction careers day involving local industry employers whose aim is to encourage the young students to consider a career in construction. Employers taking part in the day's event included Carillion, Enterprise, Inspired Spaces, Mears, Seddon and Vinci Plc.

The event has been organised by Construction Youth Trust as part of the continuing commitment to promoting education, training and employment opportunities in...

Construction Youth Trust nominated for National Lottery award

Construction Youth Trust is delighted to have been short listed for the National Lottery Awards (semi-finals) in the ‘Best Education Project’ category

Construction for Communities (CFC) helps young people enter the construction industry, via an award-winning mobile classroom. Trainers work with community groups to develop young people’s skills and improve their communities through a series of projects. These projects consist of tasters in construction such as tiling, using tools, plastering, carpentry, plumbing, maintenance, employability, careers advice and...

Stand Out, Make a Difference!

A Pioneering Community and Employee Engagement Initiative

VINCI Construction UK has launched a pioneering community and employee engagement initiative called Stand Out, Make a Difference, a long-term partnering agreement with the Construction Youth Trust, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Prince’s Trust. The Company is the first to simultaneously partner with all three charities.

Stand Out, Make a Difference will enable the Company to engage with local communities, create chances for young people to enter the construction and facilities industry and...

VINCI and Construction Youth Trust cement diversity partnership

The staff at VINCI Construction UK Limited cemented their commitment to diversity in the workplace by raising £1,000 for Construction Youth Trust.

In support of their strong commitment to delivering diversity and inclusion, VINCI Construction UK developed a section of their intranet which now provides information, statistics and reference material on a wide range of topics to help raise awareness of diversity in the construction industry.

To launch this campaign, staff were asked to complete a survey about diversity and for each survey filled out through the new...

Breaking Down Barriers into Construction

Bouygues UK announces support for Construction Youth Trust

Bouygues UK, a subsidiary of one of the world's largest construction groups, has offered Construction Youth Trust (CYT) a three year donation as part of Bouygues UK's Corporate Sponsorship Programme.

Christine Tonwley, Director of CYT - a charity that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into training and employment in the construction sector - has expressed her delight about receiving corporate support from Bouygues UK. "The Trust is so pleased that Bouygues UK is supporting CYT's...

Celebrating Construction 2010 raises £2710 for charity

David Bucknall, Chairman of the West Midlands Centre for Constructing Excellence (WMCCE), presented a cheque for £2,710 to the charity Construction Youth Trust (CYT) earlier this month. The money was raised at the recent Celebrating Construction 2010 (CC10) event in Birmingham, co-hosted by the Birmingham City Council’s Building Consultancy service, the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) and WMCCE. This event was attended by almost 800 professionals.

Celebrating Construction is an annual showcase and awards ceremony that provides recognition of the...