News & events

The Mayor and Greater London Authority’s Workforce Integration Network awards funding to Construction Youth Trust to kick start careers for young Black men in the construction and built environment sector!

We are delighted to have been awarded funding by Greater London Authority’s Workforce Integration Network to deliver a 12-month proactive employability programme which will support young Black men and underrepresented groups across a number of London boroughs to achieve their full career potential in the construction and built environment sector.

The aim of the programme is to inspire 16–25-year-old young Black men about the incredible breadth of careers available to them across the sector. Through construction focused employability interventions, we will support them...

Trustee changes at Construction Youth Trust!

At our last AGM, it was announced that three of our valued trustees would be retiring from Construction Youth Trust’s Board of Trustees.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Stephen Brewer, Mark Southwell and Jo Cooke for their unwavering support to the Trust and many years of dedication and hard work. They have helped guide the Trust through massive change and navigate the challenges of Covid-19. We are extremely grateful for their support over their many years of governance and their unwavering dedication to inspiring and enabling young people to overcome barriers and...

Behind the scenes site visit inspires our young people to seek new opportunities!

Our 4th Unlock Construction project, is generously funded by Central London Forward, and has immersed our young people on an inspiring site visit leading to an exploration of potential future career paths!

Working with the Westminster Youth Offending Team, our 4th cohort of young people on the Central London Forward Unlock Construction programme, had the opportunity to experience life on a construction site at the Multiplex Broadway development site in Westminster. Many of these young people had never been on site before so were unsure about what they might be letting themselves in for!...

Celebrating the success of our partnership with Niblock!

Five of our NEET young people in Southwark have had the opportunity to work alongside Niblock professionals in an eight-week programme, with one young person being successfully offered a job!

As part of a wider development project, our young people joined Niblock in an eight-week process offering essential work preparation experience including CV workshops and mock interview training. Niblock were looking to offer one young person a yearlong contract to join the team as a General Site Operative on their newly awarded renovation and major refurbishment scheme of nine hostels into self-...

Building Better Futures with Balfour Beatty!

The Building Better Futures Project challenges graduates working at Balfour Beatty to positively give back and empower the next generation. We were delighted when we were approached to work in partnership with a group of graduates on their project and support them to create an inspiring session shaped around their own unique journeys into industry careers.

The group of 9 graduates are pursuing careers in a diverse range of roles from procurement to finance to site engineer. Whilst they are all university graduates, their routes to attaining their degrees have been varied, overcoming...

Hill Group give our young people a behind the scenes insight into their local community development project!

As part of our Year 11 coaching programme funded by Mercers’ Company, students from Ark Walworth School visited a local Hill Group housing development.

The development site is part of a wider regeneration scheme in partnership with Southwark council to deliver 3,500 new homes, 50% of affordable housing. The project will also create a community facility and a new public open space for everyone to enjoy.

Our Year 11 students have been taking part in a range of informative sessions aimed at equipping them with the necessary employability skills needed to progress into their next...

ESF Careers Cluster Project – the Core Five Pathways Pilot is exploring alternative routes into construction careers!

Through the Construction Youth Trust Careers Cluster project, funded by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund, we have launched the Core Five Pathways Pilot in Ark Walworth school to help equip Year 12 students with the information and skills they need to access apprenticeship opportunities.

Our Pathways Pilot programme at Ark Walworth school, explores alternative post-18 routes into construction and built environment careers with a focus on apprenticeships with the entirety of Year 12. The pilot was developed after the school recognised a need to ensure that students were aware...

Connecting our young people with industry professionals through bespoke mentoring!

We are excited to announce a brand new addition to our programmes - industry mentoring!

We are piloting this exciting new initiative as part of our employability programme in partnership with Greater London Authority’s Workforce Integration Network. Our mentoring programme will bridge the gap between industry professionals and the next generation of construction and built environment talent!

Over 50 year 13 and college students across London are taking part in our pilot 12 week programme, starting this month and ending in February 2022. It has been wonderful to see the...

LABC President Anthony Oloyede undertakes Presidential Charity Challenge in support of the Trust!

In 2020 LABC President Anthony Oloyede chose the Trust as his presidential charity. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic put an unfortunate stop to many of our joint plans, we want to thank Anthony for his unwavering support throughout the pandemic and raising over £7,400 for The Trust.

Throughout our partnership, Anthony has volunteered across our programme delivery and been an incredible inspiration to many of the young people we work with. A particular highlight was Anthony’s participation on one of our Budding Builders programmes, where Anthony discovered he shared common ground...

Connecting Young People to Opportunities Through The World of Work

Over the past 3 months, we have been delighted to facilitate weeklong in-person work experience placements for 23 young people.

Our young people have explored a wide variety of construction and built environment careers supported by our incredible employer partners, including Core Five, Sir Robert McAlpine, Child Graddon Lewis, Weston Williamson, Morris and Co, Bouygues UK, Keltbray, Franklyn Shaw and Gallagher Group.

Many of the summer cohort were referred to us by their schools and whilst they had an interest in the construction industry most were unaware of the incredible...