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Mace hosts Sixth Form pathways event

On 24th October, the Trust held an event highlighting different opportunities for young people leaving school. It was hosted by Mace at their HQ in Moorgate. Sixth formers and their parents came from across London to put their burning questions to a fantastic panel of Mace higher-level apprentices and graduates. The session was organised as part of our CITB-funded Higher Level and Degree Apprenticeship project, which aims to raise awareness of the wide range of apprenticeship opportunities that lie within construction and the built environment.

To begin the event, Deavon from...

All aboard the Skills Bus!

On Wednesday 28th November, Construction Youth Trust was delighted to be at St. John’s Catholic Comprehensive for the arrival of the Skills Bus! Joff Buels from Skills for Employment brought the mobile workshop to Gravesend in order to spend a day with twelve Year 10 Technology students working on a range of practical construction skills.

Throughout the day, the St John’s students had to work together to build a new picnic table for the school. Despite limited experience, the students quickly picked up measuring, sawing and drilling skills. In groups, they worked to...

A flying start for the Schools Partnership Programme

July saw the end of the academic year, and for us the chance to reflect on our Schools Partnership Programme which we launched in October 2017. It’s been a really exciting year, with the Trust focusing its full attentions on developing the strategy. For those of you who are yet to get involved, the Schools Partnership Programme sees us bring together a consortium of construction employers and other stakeholders to promote the built environment to young people a consistent way, on behalf of the industry as a whole.

With the support of a wide range of industry partners, we have...

Students refurbish a school’s old pavilion

Through our Schools Partnership programme, we have been connecting students at Northfleet Technology College with industry employers to highlight construction careers whilst refurbishing a disused school pavilion.

Our Schools Partnership programme builds long-term relationships between schools and local construction employers to ensure young people don’t miss out on the opportunities available to them in our industry. By creating close links with schools, we are able to identify students most at risk of falling out of education, employment and training and connect them to...

Big Bang Fair at St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls

As part of British Science Week and Big Bang Fair , we participated in an event organised by St Martin-in-the-Fields High School for Girls to excite pupils about STEM subjects and inspire them to consider science or engineering careers.

We arrived at school early to introduce an acoustic engineering activity to a group of girls, so that they would be able to present it to visitors during the event. Starting with an introduction to the subject, we used different recycling materials, such as bubble wrap and carpet to check which is the most absorbent. Students engaged very quickly, started...

Schools Partnership Industry Launch

Launching our new Schools Partnership strategy with cross industry partners

With many major infrastructure projects and house-building programmes underway across the UK, most partners in the construction industry are well aware of the skills shortage challenge. However, low awareness and out-dated perception of our industry among young people, teachers and parents means encouraging young people into the built environment sector is not happening as effectively as industry might hope. This also means many young people are missing out on the tremendous careers, progression opportunities and...