News & events

National Women in Engineering Day 2016 / Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Menywod mewn Peirianneg 2016

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To celebrate National Women In Engineering Day , we wanted to share the story of Marianna Mercado, an engineer who works for Network Rail. Please describe your current role:

SCADA Senior Project Engineer – I am responsible for ensuring that the Control and Monitoring System of the High Voltage Substations for Crossrail is designed, tested and built to the necessary requirements. I deal on a daily basis with a large number of stakeholders: designers, subcontractors, system commissioning parties and other major Network Rail Projects such...

Joining Women who build Britain / Ymuno â Menywod sy’n Adeiladu Prydain

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Our Executive Director, Christine Townley joined leading women in construction on a panel this week to discuss the impact a possible Brexit would have on the industry.

Women Who Build Britain, organised by Shine Bid Services, hosted the debate at Bloomsbury House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A on 9th June; chaired by Sophie Walker with all ticket sales proceeds going to the Women's Equality Party.

Speakers at the event included: • Sophie Walker, Leader, Women’s Equality Party • Victoria Brambini, Interim Managing...

Building Bridges in Blaenau Gwent / Adeiladu Pontydd ym Mlaenau Gwent

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We have been working with 12 young people from the South Ebbw Fach Valley on a project in the Abertillery area of Blaenau Gwent constructing a bridge on the Ebbw Fach trail in the heart of the Welsh countryside. The young people have been involved in ground clearance and the construction of a bridge over a small river which feeds a local reservoir in the Cwmtillery Valley. The young people started the course on the 10th May with a site visit to the construction area to get an idea of the scale of work involved.

Over the last couple of...

Volunteering at the Trust / Gwirfoddoli yn yr Ymddiriedolaeth

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Last week we were lucky enough to be visited at our training centre in Bermondsey by three volunteer Structural Engineers from AECOM, Jack, David and Kim. They presented to the students about the projects AECOM had worked on, their own roles in the company and finally the routes the students themselves could take into Engineering. The students were so impressed that they returned the favour! The volunteers were suited up and joined Pearl and her class in the workshop for a crash course in tiling. Feedback was positive all round and we’d...

Budding Brunels Case Study: Nawaal Abdalla-Omar

Nawaal took part in a recent Budding Brunels course and was offered a work placement with Taylor Woodrow. In her words, here's her story:


Budding Brunels , a project run by Construction Youth Trust, gave me the fantastic opportunity for a weeks’ work experience with Taylor Woodrow at the Old Oak Depot earlier this term.

Pre-Work Experience

Before my placement started I needed to first research the company so I’d have a better understanding of what they are about. What I found was that they are a company who are owned by a large firm called...

National Apprenticeship Week - Budding Brunels Alumni

As it's National Apprenticeship Week, we have been catching up with some past Budding Brunels students who have since moved into apprenticeships to hear how they are getting on.

Jack Reidy took part in a Budding Brunels programme back in 2013 when we partnered with Vinci. He is now undertaking a Train Maintenance apprenticeship with TFL.

Please can you tell us about your career to date and how you became interested in working in the construction sector?

I had just finished college at a UTC studying mechanical engineering, and my dad, who works at TFL, infleunced and...

Awards winner visits the UN

At the Duke Of Gloucester Young Achiever’s Scheme Awards 2012, Stacey Clifford won both the Engineering Award, and the coveted Overall Winner Award. As a result, she was featured in the 2014 Building the Future - Women in Construction report published by the Smith Institute.

In December last year, Stacey received a curious email out of the blue inviting her to the UN in Kenya. As a result of being featured in the report, Stacey had been invited to an Experts Group Meeting along with a panel of 14 others to provide feedback on a project proposal by UN Habitat for encouraging...

Not Just For Boys - Ash's Story

Ash was first introduced to the Trust in Nov 2015, when we were recruiting for our Women’s-only cohort at Kings Cross Construction.

She attended an information session at New Horizon Youth Centre and signed up for our course. Unfortunately, she couldn’t complete the women’s-only course due to housing difficulties. The Trust kept in contact with her and when her housing stabilised we placed her on a course in Jan 2016.

Ash’s experience with Construction Youth Trust

Ash took part in a 3 week carpentry course taking place in Kilburn...

Read our new Budding Brunels Professional - Architectural Assistant

Aleric is an Architectural Assistant working for Grimshaw Architects and has taken the time out to answer a few questions about the role and what it's like to work at a top Archtiectural firm:

Name: Alaric Campbell-Garratt Tell us about yourself:

Who are you, what’s your job, and what company do you work for?

I work for Grimshaw Architects as an Architectural Assistant. I am still qualifying to be an Architect.

Tell us about your position:

Is your role a permanent fulltime one, or part of a graduate scheme? If grad, how does the programme work?


2015 Highlights

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on some of our highlights from 2015.

From all of us at Construction Youth Trust, we would like to wish all our supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been a fantastic year, and we couldn’t have done it without you. We have achieved so much this year and have helped to educate, train and inspire many young people about careers in the construction industry. With your help, next year is looking to be even bigger, so please continue your support in order to help us to help them.

Download our 2015 highlights PDF here....