News & events

A lasting legacy for the Thamesview student community!

Last month, students at Thamesview got the chance to develop their carpentry skills and discover more about trade roles within the construction industry.

The activity was supported by apprentices from Taylor Wimpey who were on hand to give practical advice as well as talk to our young people about their experiences of the apprenticeship route. The students showed excellent teamwork and quick learning on the spot, and by the end of the day had built a sturdy bench they could be proud of!

The bench that the young people created will be donated to a student-designed wellbeing garden...

New mentoring programme for Year 13 students!

Year 13 is a crucial time for young people on the cusp of leaving school and preparing to take the next steps of their career journeys.

Our new schools-based Year 13 mentoring programme aims to help students make positive and informed choices about their career options and support them through their transition from school into either education, employment or further training.

Through the programme participants will build on their existing skills through employer-led sessions and 1-1 mentoring support, fostering confidence in their own abilities, improving their knowledge of...

Young Londoners give back to their local community through a practical construction project!

This month, young people on our Constructing Communities programme, funded by the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund, developed their practical carpentry skills and gave back to their community at Stepney City Farm.

Through the practical project the young men not only discovered more about construction careers, they also engaged positively with their community by building a bench for Stepney City Farm, leaving a lasting legacy for their local area.

The Constructing Communities programme, aimed at young people not in education, employment or training who are unsure of...

Sustained cross-programme support from Year 10 to Year 11!

Through our targeted support programmes we work with young people to discover inspirational careers that raise their aspirations, help them reconnect with their school learning and explore alternative career pathways.

Over a sustained period of time – typically 3-12 months – we are able to create trusted relationships with young people, helping them to explore their interests and recognise their individual skills so we can provide the most effective personalised support.

Over the academic year 2019/20, we worked closely with a group of Year 10 students from our...

Top tips from a recruitment professional to help our young people stand out from the crowd!

Young people enrolled on our Black Leaders in the Built Environment programme developed their employability skills and got a unique insight into the job application process during our Meet the Recruiter session supported by Michael Adeniran, Outreach and Brokerage Adviser at Central London Forward.

The programme, generously funded by the Greater London Authority, aims to support young black men as they enter the working world, breaking down stereotypes and promoting diversity within the construction and built environment industry. At the Trust, we are firm believers in the notion that...

A carpentry taster day for North Kent students!

Students from our North Kent partnership schools Thamesview and Leigh UTC got an immersive insight into practical roles within the construction and built environment industry over their half-term break!

Delivered in partnership with Lawson, the action packed days involved students in Years 10 and 11 being tasked to work together to build a picnic bench. This activity is a great way of introducing students to trade roles they might not have considered before. Particularly for young people who feel uninspired by academic study, discovering practical roles that better suit their skills and...

A celebration of our partnership with the Kent Youth Justice team!

The Investing in Rehabilitation programme is a collaboration between Construction Youth Trust, Kent Youth Justice and KCC Early Help, funded by Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust.

On the programme, participants have the opportunity to positively engage in their community as well as developing their practical and employability skills which are essential for pursuing construction careers.

“He has done nothing but flourish—we’ll be forever grateful” – parent of a young man on the programme

The programme begins with a week-long practical project...

Support for Southwark residents on our online Budding Builders programme!

On the programme, young Southwark residents networked with local industry professionals, developed employability skills and gained industry recognised qualifications.

Our place-based approach sees us form strong local networks with referral partners, employers and schools, enabling us to connect diverse local young talent to employment and training opportunities in their area. Through a collaborative approach with our partners we are able to help young people discover opportunities that they may not have otherwise known about or have been able to access.

Alongside learning and...

38 sessions delivered remotely at Harris Academy in two weeks!

Already this academic year, we have remotely delivered 38 sessions at Harris Academy St John’s Wood, engaging students from Years 7-11 with the support of 29 industry volunteers!

We spent the summer holidays adapting our suite of curriculum based school sessions so that they can be delivered online, remotely and socially distanced face-to-face. We wanted to ensure that no student misses out on the opportunity to experience meaningful employer engagements, expanding their career horizons and challenging industry stereotypes with top organisations from the construction and built...

New faces at Construction Youth Trust!

We have been really excited this month to welcome four new recruits to the Trust’s dynamic team – a Schools Coordinator and three Schools and Programme Interns!

Our new team members have joined us just in time for the new academic year and have already hit the ground running, learning the ropes by shadowing online and remote sessions delivered in schools via Zoom and getting ready to take the reins themselves soon!

Although this is a strange time to be joining a new team, our 4 new team members will be invaluable as the demand for online delivery in schools is growing....