Breaking Down Barriers into Construction

Bouygues UK announces support for Construction Youth Trust

Bouygues UK, a subsidiary of one of the world's largest construction groups, has offered Construction Youth Trust (CYT) a three year donation as part of Bouygues UK's Corporate Sponsorship Programme.

Christine Tonwley, Director of CYT - a charity that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into training and employment in the construction sector - has expressed her delight about receiving corporate support from Bouygues UK. "The Trust is so pleased that Bouygues UK is supporting CYT's mission and objectives through a generous corporate donation. We see this as the beginning of an exciting new relationship between Bouygues UK and ourselves. We are looking forward to working closely together to help young disadvantaged people enter the construction industry."

In addition to the corporate donation, Bouygues UK is working in partnership with the Construction Youth Trust and the National Construction College to run two week employment-geared training courses for residents of Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. This is the second time Bouygues UK has run the scheme, following a successful trial earlier this year. Creating training and employment opportunities for the communities in which the company works is a key aspect of Bouygues UK's CSR strategy and the company is committed to its long-term success.

Lionel Christolomme, Managing Director of Bouygues UK said:

"Encouraging the next generation to consider a career in construction is crucial for the future of our industry and training is such an important part of this - both in terms of the practical skills required and the soft skills which help young people to adapt to the world of work. Bouygues UK is really pleased to be working with the Construction Youth Trust in supporting so many initiatives that will have a positive impact on the life chances of young people."



Notes to editors


Construction Youth Trust (CYT) is a charitable organisation that aims to get young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into training and employment within the Built Environment Sector. CYT helps young people between the ages of 16 and 30, particularly women, BME, offenders and ex-offenders, the financially disadvantaged, socially/educationally deprived and people with low aspirations. CYT runs projects in London and the South East, South Wales, North-West, West Midlands, as well as offering a nationwide bursary and offender programme. In 2009 Construction Youth Trust worked with, and made a real difference to the lives of over 3500 people.

For more information please visit

2. Bouygues UK is a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction - a world-leading construction and services group. The company provides a fully integrated design, build, finance and operate service across a broad range of sectors with a particular focus on education, healthcare, housing and commercial as well as urban regeneration and property development.

For further information on Bouygues UK please contact External Communications Manager Sara Schmid on 020 7401 0035/ or visit the website at

3. Construction Youth Trust and Bouygues UK will be running two week employment-geared training programmes for residents of Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. This programme will cover interview techniques, site visits, health and safety preparation and testing, construction training taster sessions and employer presentations. Employment and Apprenticeship opportunities will be available for some participants upon completion of the course.

For more information on this programme please contact