News & events

Finding ways to fundraise virtually – thank you LABC!

We were thrilled at the beginning of this year when LABC President Anthony Oloyede chose Construction Youth Trust as LABC 2020 charity of the year!

We could have never anticipated the challenges we would face in 2020 and unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic put a resolute stop to many of our plans. However, the support of Anthony and the wider LABC members has been unwavering, finding new and imaginative ways to support the Trust – including the fun and festive LDSA virtual quiz night!

Thank you so much to Julian Roper for being a sublime quiz host and to Anthony and everyone...

Students at Leigh UTC are supporting their local community through a practical construction project and volunteering!

Year 11 students spent the day honing their carpentry skills by building a bench from scratch. They have decided to make a positive impact on their local community by donating the finished product to a local residential home!

The practical activity gives students the chance to engage in a day-long practical construction project developing their team work skills whilst discovering more about industry roles along the way. Two Taylor Wimpey apprentices were on-hand to give practical support and talk to the young people about the different possible routes into a construction career.


Over 200 Year 11 students receive sustained employability support, supported by construction professionals!

As part of our Schools Partnership programme we have supported over 200 Year 11 students at Morpeth School in a series of four employer-led online employability sessions this term.

The sessions have been taking place during registration on Friday mornings with students kicking off their day by building employability skills essential to the world of work. Through the sessions students have focussed on creating stand out CVS and developing their interview techniques.

“It was a pleasure and an honour to be part of this programme. The students demonstrated an excellent level of...

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...