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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...

Sports Venue Design Competition

Waltham Forest student wins prestigious Sports Venue Design Competition

Heathcote School and Science College singled out for excellence in design and engineering contest

Year 9 student Jonathan Hoey named top young designer in London-wide sports venue design and engineering competition with his entry titled ‘The Eye Arena’ with Heathcote School and Science college to receive 3D scale model of the winning design, a visit by an Olympian and an exclusive visit to the Olympic Park.

London, 30 April 2010: Arup, the global design, engineering and planning firm...

Ending the year on a high note

This year has been a busy year for the Construction Youth Trust and, as in the previous 16 years, the Trust marked the end of 2009 with our Christmas Concert, held at the Carpenters’ Hall, London on Tuesday 8 December, attended by the Patron of the Trust, HRH Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO.

The evening boasted a full programme of classical music followed by christmas carols all enjoyed by the 200 guests who turned out to hear the Royal College of Music Junior Department.

Christine Townley, Director of the Trust said “I believe that this year was one of our best ever...

Royal recognition for Toolkit for Life

Recognising the work of the Trust and our commercial partners in the “Toolkit for Life” project was the order of the day during HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO’s visit to the Enterprise offices, Staffordshire and HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire on Tuesday 10 November.

The Toolkit for Life programme has been developed by the Construction Youth Trust in order to secure work placements and employment in the construction sector for offenders up to the age of 30 who have served a custodial sentence and are seeking to use their skills and talents to gain employment and...

Voting lines are now open for the "Real Apprentice"

Today, November the 25th is a key date for the Construction Youth Trust, as this is the day that our project, The Real Apprentice, will be pitted against another project from the Wales region in a public phone vote organised by the People’s Millions. At stake, a £50,000 award that could be used to change the lives of 12 young people in South Wales. We need the construction industry to back this worthwhile project and vote.

The all important voting telephone number is

0871 62 68 112

Based in part on the concept behind the popular TV show 'The...

Capitalising on construction

Employers from the construction industry and students from schools in the Olympic boroughs celebrated the completion of the third successful year of the Capital Xperience programme on Thursday 4 November at an awards ceremony at Carpenters Hall, London. The Capital Xperience programme enables students from schools and colleges in the five Olympic boroughs, to gain valuable paid work experience within various professions in the construction industry during a four week summer placement. Students who took part were recognised with a certificate supported by the people they worked alongside...

The Construction Youth Trust needs YOUR vote

The Construction Youth Trust is delighted one of our projects, “The Real Apprentice – “You’re Hired””, has been short listed for the People’s Millions, a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and ITV. The project will compete for funds with another community project on ITV Wales regional news on the 25th of November 2009.

The project is based on the BBC TV show, The Apprentice, and will involve 12 young people aged 18-25 renovating two houses from start to finish. The Trust is reliant on the funding of £50,000 to run this project...

Tackling the image of the industry

Research carried out by the Construction Youth Trust and launched yesterday at The Royal Chelsea Hospital identifies the poor image of the construction industry amongst teachers, parents, careers advisors and other influencers as a key factor acting as a barrier to disadvantaged young people entering the construction industry.

Combined with employer confusion about never ending changes to qualifications and ‘initiative fatigue’, huge opportunities are being lost to match up employment opportunities to the training and skills agenda.

'Construction Careers -...

Construction industry pledges support for Capital Xperience project

Employers from UK construction companies gathered last night at Land Securities Gallery, SW1 for the launch of the 2009 Capital Xperience programme. The Construction Youth Trust is managing the employer engagement for this programme and, with a target of 50 students to be accommodated this year, it is vital that construction companies back the programme and offer placements for August 2009. Those employers attending the launch committed to provide 16 placements and the Trust is now looking for more companies to step up and support this life changing initiative.

The Capital...