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Christine Townley speaks out on how the construction industry could provide an amazing Olympic legacy for Britain's youth.

It was difficult not to get caught up in London 2012 fever and I was particularly pleased to see construction feature so highly.

After all, it is our industry which made it all possible. From the magnificent Olympic venues, the spectacular opening ceremony with its celebration of Brunel and Thomas Hetherick’s breath taking cauldron; it has been a dazzling display of everything Britain’s construction industry can achieve and be proud of.

London surpassed all our expectations as a host city and the regeneration of the park area in Stratford, on time and (albeit...

Construction Youth Trust and the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund announce new charitable partnership

The Trust and the HCOCF are working together to provide support for ex soldiers who are transitioning into civilian life.

The Household Operational Casualties Fund works to provide financial or material support to ex and injured ex soldiers and their families, including families of those who have lost their lives on active service. They assist in rehabilitation for individuals and families, as well as reintegration back into the community through the provision of education, work placements and pastoral support.

Construction Youth Trust will be specifically involved in the...

Arup chooses Construction Youth Trust for Fundraising Prize

Construction Youth Trust has received a donation of £1,000 towards its work in South Wales from engineering consultancy Arup.

As part of Arup’s on-going charitable work to both encourage and recognise the fundraising work their regional offices engage in, a competition to reward the offices that raise the most per head of staff is held every six months.

Money was raised through a wide variety of staff initiatives including sponsored bike rides, dress down days, quizzes, cake sales and other smaller events. The reward for this fundraising was a £1,000 cash...

Award Winning Volunteering Scheme

Construction Youth Trust is celebrating the winning work of its volunteers.

The Trust was fortunate enough to have the time and skills of six graduates at RBS to help create fundraising materials. The London based graduates were introduced to the Trust through a project run by Pilotlight, an organisation which helps local charities and social enterprises to tackle social disadvantage in the UK.

The group chose Construction Youth Trust from a range of other charities and each individual was allocated 24 hours of volunteering leave to work on specific projects alongside the...

A Royal Celebration

The Trust has been celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style with a picnic at Buckingham Palace and official lunch in Westminster.

Neil Quinn, winner of The Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme architecture category, attended this weekend’s picnic at Buckingham Palace followed by the fantastic official Diamond Jubilee Concert. Two tickets were generously donated to the Trust by our Patron HRH The Duke of Gloucester who was also in attendance in the Royal box. The event was attended by 10,000 members of the public and representatives from a number of...

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...