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Investing in Kent’s Future Talent: Celebration Event with Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust and Construction Youth Trust

Our work with Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust has meant we have been able to support 145 young Kent residents into jobs or further education, helping them on a positive future trajectory.

The celebration, hosted at the Ebbsfleet Kuflink Stadium brought together young people with industry partners and funders, as well as parents and carers, our referral partners and...

Young people take part in mock assessment day and meet with industry volunteers from Sir Robert McAlpine at Broadgate redevelopment

The young people, who are working with Construction Youth Trust as part of our long-term KS5 coaching programme, were given a fantastic opportunity to build on their knowledge and interest in the construction and built environment industry, connect with employers and prepare for upcoming applications to roles within the industry.


Construction Youth Trust partner with Merchant Taylors’ Foundation

The Merchant Taylors’ Foundation will support our Lewisham hub, funding our work with young people from less advantaged and underrepresented backgrounds in schools and colleges.

Through working with young people from as early as 14, we also aim to highlight the breadth of jobs available in the sector – broadening their career horizons and challenging stereotypes of what a role in the construction industry could look like...

Adam's Story: From participant to volunteer!

We first met Adam in July 2021, who had been referred to us via our community partner, St Giles Trust, to join our month-long Lambeth Developers’ Challenge. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, like so many other young people, Adam was not in education, training or employment and so was looking for an opportunity for work.

Adam knew he wanted to enter a skilled trade but wasn’t sure what would be the best fit for him. The Lambeth Developers’ Challenge gave Adam the opportunity to attend a range of site visits, experiencing what life is like on site and taking part in...

Hidden Careers: Jennie Ward, JKW PR & Marketing

As part of the Maddie Rose Campaign, and in the build-up to Maddie’s Day on the 22nd of September, we’ve been asking colleagues across the suppliers and builders’ merchant sector to share their hidden careers journey into the industry. This week, we share Jennie Ward, Managing Director at JKW PR and Marketing

After leaving school I studied English at university, and three years later I had my degree but didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it. Unlike training to be a doctor or lawyer, or learning a trade, an English degree leaves your potential career path so...

Hidden Careers: Fiona Russell-Horne, Builders Merchants Journal

As part of the Maddie Rose Campaign, and in the build-up to Maddie’s Day on the 22nd of September, we’ve been asking colleagues across the suppliers and builders’ merchant sector to share their hidden careers journey into the industry. This week, we share Fiona's story, Group Managing Editor at Builders Merchants Journal.

I joined a local publishing company straight out of university as my friend's brother worked there and he got me an interview in the advertising department. When I'd been there for about a year, a vacancy came up on the Editorial...

Lights, camera, action! Construction Youth Trust work with Media Trust to shoot promo video!

At the start of the year, we were lucky enough to be granted a rare opportunity to participate in the Media Trust’s Volunteer Films Programme, funded by the Mercer’s Charitable Foundation.

The funding has given us the exciting opportunity to shoot a video, with a professional film crew, that promotes the work of the Trust.

As part of the programme, the Media Trust paired us with a director whose heart is close to our cause. There was a huge amount of planning and collaboration required for us to get to the stage where we were ready to shoot – from script writing,...

Camden women join us for a week of skills building!

Camden women learn new skills and build confidence on our practical-based programme.

In collaboration with the Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre, Camden Youth Offending Teams (YOT) and generously funded by Camden Council, local women in Camden joined us for a week of learning new skills.

The participants had the chance to try out practical skills, including carpentry – where they built a bench for the first time! – plumbing and bricklaying. The women, all Camden residents, also enjoyed visiting a HS2 site as they had the opportunity to see how the development of...

Case Study: Tommy-Jay

Tommy-Jay is a motivated young person who joined our Year 10 coaching programme last September, generously funded by the Walcot Foundation. When we first met Tommy-Jay, he already had a keen interest in engineering, and through our targeted support programme we set out to nurture this interest and help him develop his knowledge of the construction and built environment industry.

Throughout the programme Tommy-Jay had great fun and got stuck in with a range of practical based sessions, including bricklaying and carpentry. He was also able to build on his engineering-based knowledge...

Lambeth Made Contractors' Challenge Success!

Lambeth residents join our month-long programme, getting stuck into a range of practical activities, site visits, employability sessions - and most importantly becoming work ready!

Following the success of the Lambeth Developers’ Challenge last year, generously funded by Lambeth Council, this year we set out to plan a programme which reached an even greater number of young people and involved even more Lambeth-based employers.

We kicked off the Lambeth Made Contractors’ Challenge on the 15th of August, funded by Lambeth Made. It was a fantastic start to the programme...