News & events

Inspiring people with convictions in Wales

Recently we delivered a construction course in partnership with Wates Residential South and the Cardiff Living team, one of the pilot projects of the ‘Clean Slate Cymru’ CITB funded BAM Nuttall project, which aims to support people with convictions gain access to employment opportunities in the construction industry.

Eight learners attended the 8-day course, which included a site visit to a Wates Cardiff Living site in Llanrumney, inspirational industry talks and employability skills sessions. The learners also got involved in practical activities, such as building bat...

First pilot of the ex-offenders project in Wales

The successful delivery of a construction project for the ARC Academy UK Training and Employment Construction Project took place early October in Wales

ARC Academy UK in partnership with Construction Youth Trust hosted a course for ex-offenders at their training centre in Rhondda Cynon Taff. The project was the first pilot of the BAM Nuttall CITB funded “Clean Slate Cymru” project that aims to delineate a clear pathway for ex-offenders into construction training and employment in Wales.

We were pleased to welcome 9 learners who, despite the significant barriers they...

Budding Brunels in Partnership with Great Western Railway

We recently joined forces with GWR to deliver two Budding Brunels courses in South Wales with the aim of raising awareness of professional opportunities within the construction industry for young people.

Budding Brunels is an Open College Network London (OCN) accredited course that gives young people from a variety of backgrounds an insight into the Built Environment, and provides industry-led careers advice from professionals in the field.

22 young people (aged 17-18 years old) from 4 schools attended the first course in Newport/Cardiff and 15 young people from 6 different...

Construction Youth Trust Wales win share of Tesco carrier bag charge fund

The Construction Youth Trust Wales team have recently won £8,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The supermarket teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative, which saw grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to environmental and greenspace projects.

Shoppers were invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant, with Construction Youth Trust as one of the groups on the shortlist.

Using the £8,000 grant we plan...

Construction Youth Trust congratulates twenty-one successful students!

Construction Youth Trust congratulates twenty-one successful students!

Twenty one students graduate from the Trust’s three week programme with Level 1 qualifications in Health and Safety. With a massive seventeen passing their CSCS tests first time!

The London team congratulates the latest cohort of students who completed the three week Budding Builders programme based at the Bermondsey Construction Training Centre.

Seventeen CSCS passes out of twenty-one and Twenty-one students achieve Level 1 Health and Safety qualifications!

Out of twenty-...

Encouraging women into the maintenance trades

This week we launched the first free taster sessions for women interested in careers in building maintenance.

In partnership with Mears the first of these workshops were run in both Caerphilly and Nottingham with United Welsh and Nottingham City Homes. The aim was to provide a practical, inspiring and safe learning experience for women who wish to ‘have a go’ at a trade before deciding on whether to pursue a career in building maintenance.

The taster sessions consisted of practical training work in several trade skills like plumbing, joinery, and painting and...

Tesco Bags of Help Initiative

Construction Youth Trust calls out for votes to bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Our Budding Builders Community Garden project in Wales has been shortlisted for the public vote in stores from 26th Sept - 9th October.

Bags of Help offers...

Gweithio yng Nghymru

Ynglŷn ag Construction Youth Trust Cymru

Cefnogi Pobl Ifanc yng Nghymru

Mae Ymddiriedolaeth Adeiladu Ieuenctid Cymru yn gweithio mewn partneriaeth ledled Cymru i gefnogi pobl ifanc 14 – 30 oed i oresgyn rhwystrau ac adeiladu dyfodol gwell.

Os ydych chi’n ddi-waith, yn chwilio am gyfle i ailhyfforddi neu os hoffech chi wybod rhagor am yrfaoedd adeiladu yng Nghymru, mae gennym ni’r offer i’ch cynorthwyo chi i adeiladu.

Chairman Andy Wates announces Carol Lynch as our new CEO

We’re delighted to announce Carol Lynch has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer.

Carol brings a wealth of experience from both the voluntary sector and the construction industry and will help us to build on our success and help more young people build better futures.

An engineer by training, Carol has worked on major construction projects, including the Channel Tunnel. After leaving engineering she worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years and is currently Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation. Previously Carol was Managing...

Celebrating at the Senedd

We celebrated the success of the SMYF project yesterday at the Welsh Senedd at an event sponsored by Mark Drakeford AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government. Julie Morgan AM for Cardiff North spoke to the guests and Dusty Kennedy from the Youth Justice Board explained the value of the project to young people when their supervision has ended. He explained “it gives people somewhere to go…and we really appreciate the project. The system is working the best it’s ever worked”.

Guests were given pledge cards and a petition to encourage the Welsh...