News & events

Interview with Carol Lynch

Designing Buildings Wiki sat down with our Chief Executive, Carol Lynch to discuss the work and challenges facing Construction Youth Trust, from Brexit, to construction’s lack of appeal, and schools’ failure to understand non-academic routes.

Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW):

Could you tell us about your new Pledge a Placement initiative?

Carol Lynch (CL):

Construction Youth Trust (CYT) is very much about connecting young people with employers. The construction industry still tends to recruit people firstly, who have experience, and secondly, by word-of-...

Construction Cup 2017

We are so excited and grateful to be charity partner again for this year's Construction Cup with IBI Group!

The Construction Cup, one of the industry’s most popular charity football tournaments last year celebrated its first ever event where equality was the goal. This year the event will once again be in support of Construction Youth Trust and our ongoing diversity campaign #notjustforboys.

Organised by global design and technology firm, IBI Group and headline sponsored by contractors, Wates Construction the event saw 32 teams unite together and raised over £5,600...

Construction Youth Trust announce partnership with The Builders’ Conference

We are delighted to announce that Construction Youth Trust have been chosen as charity of the year for trade association Builders’ Conference , who will work with us to fundraise and raise awareness of our programmes and campaigns amongst their members.

With the huge skills gap facing the sector, set out so comprehensively in the Governments recent Farmer Review – ‘Modernise or die’ there is, more than ever before, a real need to encourage new talent to join the industry. Creating a more diverse sector is also important to attract young people, help them to...

Our second feature in the New Statesman

The latest New Statesman was published last week including the Spotlight housing supplement which we are proud to have contributed towards for the second time.

The 'Spotlight' supplement is a comprehensive and definitive report designed to inform the magazine's influential readership on housing; a huge strand of this looking into the future of construction; highlighting current issues in the sector and discussing potential solutions.

With our logo on the front cover, and the editorial opinion piece on the inner front page, the content sits alongside other editorial...

Construction Youth Trust Wales win share of Tesco carrier bag charge fund

The Construction Youth Trust Wales team have recently won £8,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Shoppers were invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant, with Construction Youth Trust as one of the groups on the shortlist.

Using the £8,000 grant we plan...

Encouraging women into the maintenance trades

This week we launched the first free taster sessions for women interested in careers in building maintenance.

In partnership with Mears the first of these workshops were run in both Caerphilly and Nottingham with United Welsh and Nottingham City Homes. The aim was to provide a practical, inspiring and safe learning experience for women who wish to ‘have a go’ at a trade before deciding on whether to pursue a career in building maintenance.

The taster sessions consisted of practical training work in several trade skills like plumbing, joinery, and painting and...

Tickets on sale for our Christmas Concert!

Save the date!

Our Christmas Concert will be kicking off the festive season again on Thursday 8th December. Tickets are now on sale, and do sell out quickly for this much-loved event, so make sure you grab a ticket whilst you can.

You can look forward to a champagne reception, three-course supper and festive entertainment from a choir - soon to be announced! As ever we will have a number of enjoyable fundraising activities to help raise money for the Trust.

When: Thursday 8th December from 6:30pm

Where: Carpenters' Hall, Throgmorton Avenue, London, EC2N 2JJ...

Andy Wates, Peter Murray and Sadie Morgan to cycle from London to Birmingham

On the 17 October, Peter Murray, accompanied by Wates’ Group’s Director Andy Wates and dRMM Architects’ Director; and HS2 Design Panel Chair Sadie Morgan; will be cycling 125.7 miles from London to Birmingham to fundraise for Construction Youth Trust. To donate please visit Peter and Andy's Just Giving Page .

You may have seen the youngest female crane operator in the UK gracing the pages of The Sun newspaper a few weeks ago. This inspiring article was part of a wider campaign to promote diversity and encourage young people to pursue a career in the construction...

Willmott Dixon Interiors 'Changing Lives' Project

Earlier this year, Willmott Dixon Interiors completely refurbished our Bermondsey Construction Training Centre, whilst offering a 3 week training programme to young people from recent courses.

Willmott Dixon Interiors are passionately committed to working with local communities. As such, each year they invest in a local community initiative that goes above and beyond project delivery requirements. This year, they set their management trainees the challenge to devise and execute a high impact community project that would help support local talent, promote careers in construction and involve...

Keiren earns Drylining Apprenticeship with Astins

Keiren started a Drylining apprenticeship with Astins this week having completed our Understanding Health & Safety Programme in June.

Keiren was first referred to the Trust by the Lewisham Youth Engagement team. Now a Greenwich resident, Keiren was keen to begin the course as it gave him the opportunity to learn basic construction skills as well as being able to work towards his CSCS card.

Keiren demonstrated a real interest and enthusiasm whilst on the programme, impressing his tutor with his industrious team spirit and courtesy. He successfully completed the Level 1 Health...