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Collaborating with North Kent College to support students to remotely gain construction qualifications

26 Carpentry and Joinery and Painting and Decorating students from North Kent College are taking part in our innovative online Level 1 Health & Safety and CSCS card course to complement their college learning by gaining industry recognised qualifications.

In the current COVID-19 climate, it is more important than ever to ensure young people are fully equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to make a successful transition from education to the working world. Working together, we are supporting North Kent College to ensure that their students have the best possible chance...

A celebration of the Contextualised Curriculum project!

20 sessions. Piloted with over 2,000 secondary school students. Over 1,000 downloads. Used by industry and schools nationwide!

Our Contextualised Curriculum project, funded by the CITB and delivered in partnership with the London Regional Construction Training Group, provides industry professionals and teachers with a range of curriculum linked sessions that inspire young people about careers in construction and the built environment.

82% of students said that they now understand how their curriculum is relevant in the workplace.

Over the course of the...

Mace gives students from St Augustine’s an insight into construction careers!

For our second week-long collaboration with Mace we co-delivered a series of sessions that gave students a holistic insight into the wide range of roles available in the construction and built environment sector.

The week kicked off with students stepping into the virtual realm, experiencing first-hand how VR technology is used to plan, design and materialise construction projects. The students had a whale of a time trying out a VR headset and learning about the growing role of technology within the industry.

In the afternoon, in order to understand how construction projects can...

Free school resources for industry professionals and teachers – we are bringing construction and the built environment into the classroom!

We have developed and piloted a suite of online resources to inspire young people about careers in the construction and built environment sector.

Research shows that most young people have made decisions about their careers choices by the age of 14. These decisions are rarely linked to roles within construction and the built environment. We believe that to raise the profile and desirability of industry careers, the sector needs to be engaging with young people at an early stage in their decision making process. One effective way of doing this is to deliver engaging employer-led sessions in...

Our longer term support programmes kicked off in July and we are already seeing results!

At Construction Youth Trust, we are committed to supporting our young people throughout their career journeys – and we know that the traditional pathway of higher education is not suited to everyone.

The programmes are funded by Walcot Foundation, The Mercers’ Company and Sir John Cass’s Foundation. They will target Year 10 and 11 students that are disillusioned with mainstream education and might be better suited to alternative routes into working life, aiming to raise their career aspirations and give them positive reasons to remain engaged with their school studies....

Our new science-based sessions are getting students excited about construction careers

We have finalised three new science-based Contextualised Curriculum sessions, aimed at getting students thinking about how their science learning can relate to their future careers.

Our Sustainable Design Challenge takes students through each stage of the design process to get them thinking about the growing need for green, sustainable design choices in modern building standards. Students work in teams to identify what sustainability is and brainstorm ways in which the construction industry can help minimise carbon emissions, with the support of industry volunteers who are experts in the...

Two months in and our Taylor Wimpey bricklaying apprentices are absolutely loving it!

It’s been two months since our Ebbsfleet lads began their bricklaying apprenticeships with Taylor Wimpey and they’ve all been having a great time getting stuck in.

The apprentices are based on Taylor Wimpey’s Royal Parade development on the former Howe Barracks site. Every cohort of bricklaying apprentices build their own apprenticeship school onsite and when the space is needed for the development, they take it down again to rebuild elsewhere!

So far the apprentices have been busy renovating their school, smashing down walls to join three former rooms into one...

Inspiring Year 10 students in Lambeth supported by The Walcot Foundation.

Over the next three years we’ll be working with Year 10’s in Lambeth raising their career aspirations.

Supported by The Walcot Foundation, we’re running a bespoke programme of employer-led engagements in a number of schools in Lambeth. The aim of the programme is to engage Year 10 students with a wide range of construction careers, raise their aspirations and give them positive reasons to remain engaged in their important Year 10/11 studies.

Once a young person falls out of education and employment, the route back in can feel beyond their reach. By working with...

We’re encouraging green sustainable fingers with our new KS4 Maths Tree Session.

Our newest CITB Contextualised Curriculum session has gone down a storm and tapped into the sustainable thinking of the next generation.

The session aims to get students thinking about how their maths learning around circles can relate to their future careers. Focusing on creating site plans, students are presented with a site template and a set of rules which they use to create loci and constructions, sketching out the site’s usable area. As well as loving the problem solving, hands on approach to their maths learning Year 11 students at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s...

Shane, a story of student to bricklayer!

Shane was a student at Northfleet Technology College, one of our Schools Partnership Schools in our North Kent hub.

We first really got to know Shane when he joined us on our Skills Bus activity, organised for selected students at Northfleet Technology College that had shown an interest and capacity for construction careers. Shane was finding it hard to fully engage in school life, feeling out of place in the learning environment with nothing really firing up his interest.

During the Skills Bus session, the students worked together to construct a picnic table for the school. The...