Bespoke career interventions for local London youth as part of the ESF Careers Cluster Project

Through the Construction Youth Trust Careers Cluster project, funded by the Mayor of London and the European Social Fund, we have partnered with 12 schools, colleges and a Pupil Referral Unit to equip young Londoners with the skills they need for the world-of-work.

By understanding the particular needs and interests of each organisation and their students we aim to support the existing school/college careers programmes with a bespoke and complementary construction and built environment focused careers strategy.

By working together, we will design bespoke career interventions that integrate London’s labour market information (LMI) and help to meet the Gatsby benchmarks. Through the project, we will prioritise supporting our cluster organisations to form sustained relationships with local employers within the industry that will continue to grow beyond the scope of the project.

Working closely with schools and colleges, we will identify the areas of interest and unique needs of their young people. Directed by these individual requirements, we will design and develop employer-led pilot programmes in close collaboration with local industry organisations that will span over at least 6 months and are specifically tailored to support particular cohorts of students.

The programmes and activities created as part of the project will connect young people with industry volunteers, giving them an inspirational insight into the wide range of roles available within the construction and built environment sector and raising their career aspirations. As part of the project, we will collaborate with our employer partners to facilitate meaningful work experience placements that immerse students in a construction workplace and introduce them to new career opportunities.

Some pilots already being developed include breaking down gender stereotypes surrounding construction careers, exploring and understanding apprenticeships as well as re-engaging KS3 students with their learning through practical construction projects.

We will also be supporting the educational providers taking part on the project. Our Teacher CPD will develop teachers’ knowledge of the range of career opportunity within the construction and built environment sector as well as specific Labour Market Information, ensuring school staff are well-equipped to give the best possible guidance to their students and helping their schools hit the Gatsby Benchmarks.

We are incredibly excited to work alongside our cluster partners to further tailor our support and create a complementary sector specific careers strategy that promotes local employer engagement and gives young people a truly immersive insight into construction careers.