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Harry is Young Learner of the Year

The Awards recognise the outstanding effort and commitment made by learners and tutors in pursuing their goals and realising their dreams. Harry was nominated for the award by Wales trainer Lydia Bailey for his enthusiasm and determination to turn his life around by learning a new trade and setting up his own business.

At 21, Harry was homeless and had turned to drugs after his mother died suddenly. His relationship with the mother of his child deteriorated due to his drug use, and after staying with friends for a while he moved into a homeless hostel in the area. This is where he...

We welcome companies to help young people back to work

Our Wales team welcomed companies and Friends of the Trust to help support initiatives that are being developed to support young people into careers in construction at a recent Networking Event. The event was sponsored by Cintec International and held at Parc Golf Club in Newport Gwent.

The day was a chance for friends and supporters of the Trust based in Wales to find out more about its recent work supporting young disadvantaged people in to construction and to hear from key industry figures. The day opened with a speech from Trustee Andy Wates, who spoke about the charity’s...

Apprenticeship success for Swansea locals

Two young people from Swansea have secured apprenticeships with Swansea Council after completing one of our Mobile Classroom courses.

Throughout the 9-week course students learned skills in carpentry, basic plumbing, bricklaying and tiling as well as health and safety training and sessions on CV writing. Representatives from CITB a national training organisation for construction in the UK also provided careers advice sessions for participants for all 3 of the courses funded by Swansea Council. The trainees were particularly successful in securing further training or education....

Mobile Classroom offers Clean Start for young Cardiff locals

The Trust recently began a Mobile Classroom project called Clean Start with MAC (Media Academy Cardiff), an organisation working with those who need help making positive life choices.

The project is funded by Hilton in the Community foundation and supported by Keepmoat Apollo and the YMCA. Trainees are learning to tile at OCN level 1, and will be tiling a shower room at MAC in Butetown, one of the more deprived areas of Cardiff. MAC have identified that a quarter of the young people they work with between the ages of 14 and 18 have homelessness issues, and the new shower tiled by...

Young locals in Newport breathe life into old Civil Service Club

Two groups of young unemployed people from Bettws, Wales recently completed a ‘Warm Welcome’ regeneration project with the Trust in partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills.

The young people, who were not in full-time education, employment or training worked to improve the exterior and interior of the local Bettws Civil Service Club.

The project aimed to provide the young people with real work experience in the heart of their local community. Each young person was given the opportunity to make a valuable investment in their career development and in the process...

Helping Young People into Work in Ebbw Vale

Construction Youth Trust in Wales recently joined forces with Pre-Vent in Ebbw Vale with an Engagement Gateway project to support their job club aimed at helping disadvantaged young people who were struggling to get into work.

The 14-19 year olds are either in care, care leavers or have disabilities, and the job club provides them with an alternative learning pathway which they find much easier to engage with.

The young people looked at how to fill out application forms and the difference between a job specification and person specification. Most of them hadn’t had...

Young People Find a Gateway to Work

Construction Youth Trust has been delivering training courses to unemployed young people across South Wales thanks to the Engagement Gateway funding from the WCVA, originally won through the European Social Fund.

The construction skills Taster Sessions engaged a range of disadvantaged young people including those who were homeless or had a history of offending. Many of them didn’t get on well at school and so it was a real achievement for them gaining NQF Level 1 qualifications in subjects such as plastering and carpentry.

The carpentry course which took place at the...

Construction Youth Trust Gets Its Skates on for Ty Celyn Youth Club

Ty Celyn Youth Club has commissioned Construction Youth Trust to build skate ramps for its young members.

Working alongside Construction Youth Trust’s experienced trainers, young people have been learning basic construction-related skills, in particular carpentry, in order to build fantastic skate ramps for use by the club.

Ty Celyn YC is part of Cardiff County Council Youth Service and is open six evenings a week and through the day provides opportunities for young people 10-25 predominantly from the Roath Park, Cyncoed and Lakeside areas of the city.


Training Sessions Set to Raise Awareness and Aspirations of Unemployed Young People in Inner-City Cardiff

Community Foundation in Wales' (CFIW) Cardiff Community Endowment Fund has awarded a grant to Construction Youth Trust in order to deliver construction-related skills training and careers advice to disengaged young people in inner-city Cardiff.

The Foundation funding will enable the Trust to offer two community groups the opportunity to each receive a free day of construction-skills training. The project will enthuse and engage young people about the wealth of opportunities available in the construction industry by delivering practical taster sessions in construction-related...

Wales Trainer Nominated for Charity Times Awards 2011

We are delighted to announce the nomination of Lead Trainer, Michael Reynolds, for a Charity Times Award 2011 for Outstanding Individual Achievement.

Now in its twelfth year, The Charity Times Awards continues to be the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.

During the past two years at Construction Youth Trust, Mike has drawn on over 30 years experience in the construction industry to deliver mobile construction training across a range of trades aimed at encouraging young people to explore employment opportunities in the built...