Budding Brunels Heads to the Valleys

Construction Youth Trust’s Budding Brunels and Wales teams came together last week to deliver a Budding Brunels programme funded by CITB Cymru with students from Coleg Gwent.  Blaenau Gwent is a key area for the Trust’s work in Wales, as a 2012 report by Save the Children revealed that 20% of children and young people in the area were living in severe poverty and 14.3% of the working population were unemployed.

Eighteen young people spent three days gaining an insight into the opportunities for education and employment available in the construction industry.  Highlights included the piloting of new activities that will be rolled out across Budding Brunels programmes in the next academic year and a site visit to the restoration of Pontypridd Lido with Kier.

Both teams will now be sourcing work experience placements for students and planning the next courses to be run in Wales.