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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...

Five find their next steps with Taylor Wimpey!

We’ve been working with Taylor Wimpey in North Kent connecting them to local upcoming talent.

We have been working with five North Kent schools, over the past two years, as part of Schools Partnership programme delivering sessions to the whole student body. We’ve created strong relationship with the schools, particularly supporting Year 11 students as they begin to consider their post 16 options.

Led by Senior Programme Manager Donna Jones, the team took the Year 11 students on a journey from initially discovering industry careers to gaining practical industry...

Dan secures Quantity Surveying Trainee Role!

Dan was a student at Northfleet Technology College, one of our Schools Partnership Schools in our North Kent hub. We first met Dan at a school careers evening, where he told us that he’d been thinking about pursuing a career in the construction and built environment industry.

Being very bright and predicted good grades for his GCSE’s, but finding himself nearing capacity for a traditional school learning environment, Dan wanted to work in a role that would release him from classroom learning. Our Senior Programme Manager for North Kent, Donna, introduced Dan to the possibility...

Bringing the construction industry closer.

We partnered with Mace to bring the construction and built environment industry into Chelsea Academy as part of their Year 10 Work Experience week.

As the construction and built environment’s own youth charity, we are uniquely placed to represent the sector as a whole to the next generation. By acting as the single voice of industry, we are able to strengthen our sectors message to young people, and deliver a a cohesive representation of the incredible career opportunities afforded by industry.

Using our experience of working with schools, we are able to bridge the void...

Getting to closer to construction with Pimlico Academy.

We spent 2 days with 8 construction students from Pimlico Academy, taking them on an in-depth exploration of construction careers to get them inspired for their Year 11 studies.

The 2 day programme was a whirlwind of activity, with the students beginning in the classroom but ending up fully immersed in the construction and built environment sector by the final afternoon. The aim of the programme was to inspire and excite the students about their career and post 16 options to enable them to focus over the course of their Year 11 studies and GCSE’s.

Beginning in the classroom...

Taking the apprenticeship conversation to the parents with Tideway.

As part of our CITB funded Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeships programme, we teamed up with Tideway to deliver an evening of apprenticeship myth busting information to parents and teachers.

Despite the rise of social media influencers, the people that still hold the greatest sway over the life choices of young people are their parents and teachers. We devised an evening to shine a light on the benefits and realities of apprenticeships and answer the questions of parents and teachers regarding alternative routes to degrees and careers.

Managed by Construction Youth Trust and...

Students turn industry detectives in our newest school session.

Year 10 students from Compass School turned detectives in the first outing of our new session - Hidden Careers.

Turning the usual careers networking session on its head, students move around 5 industry volunteers and ask questions to work out what they do as a career. The Hidden Careers session requires young people to critically think about their knowledge of industry careers. The students have 5 minutes to interview the volunteer, asking only yes or no questions. Suggestions are provided to kick start the interview, but as the volunteer reveals their answers the students are encouraged...