News & events

In person work experience is back!

It is wonderful to be able to offer live work experience opportunities again! Thank you so much to Core Five , Sir Robert McAlpine and Child Graddon Lewis for hosting our young people.

The COVID-19 pandemic and UK lockdown measures have meant that a generation of young people missed out last year on the multitude of benefits work experience can afford. However, we are thrilled to say that we have had our first cohort of young people attend live work experience placements with several of our employer partners in 2021. 7 young people have embarked on week-long placements, throwing...

Year 10’s at Deptford Green and Chelsea Academy get a taste of the working world!

The Construction Youth Trust Work Experience programme is a 5 day employer-led programme designed to give young people an immersive insight into the world of work.

Work experience is an incredible opportunity for young people to experience the day-to-day realities of the workplace, interact with professionals, and begin thinking about their next steps. Particularly for industries like construction, which has a lot of misconceptions surrounding it, work experience is a great tool to dismantle stereotypes and introduce young people to hidden careers they might not have considered before....

Bespoke career interventions for local London youth as part of the ESF Careers Cluster Project

Through the Construction Youth Trust Careers Cluster project, funded by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund, we have partnered with 12 schools, colleges and a Pupil Referral Unit to equip young Londoners with the skills they need for the world-of-work.

By understanding the particular needs and interests of each organisation and their students we aim to support the existing school/college careers programmes with a bespoke and complementary construction and built environment focused careers strategy.

By working together, we will design bespoke career interventions that...

Facilitating positives transitions for Year 11 and 13 students!

Our online Level 1 Health & Safety and CSCS card course isn’t just about attaining entry level qualifications, it’s about opening up a young person’s experiences and career opportunities.

Our current cohort is made up largely of Year 11 and 13 students from Pimlico Academy and Harris Academy St John’s Wood who are on the cusp of taking the next steps in their career journey.

In order to give an insight into a range of construction careers, alongside learning and revision for industry-recognised qualifications, our Level 1 sessions have been supported by...

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...