Budding Builders Case Study: Jacob

case study

26 year old Jacob was referred on to a Construction Youth Trust Budding Builders course in September 2015, which took place at our Bermondsey training centre. Before attending this course Jacob was seeking training or work opportunities, with the help of Southwark Works who referred him onto our carpentry course.   

During Jacob's four weeks with Construction Youth Trust he achieved an OCN Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification and gained practical skills in carpentry. He completed a four joint frame, which he has now turned into a side table for his house. As part of a team he contributed to the creation of a bird house, planter and planter bench, which were then donated to Compass School, a local Southwark Secondary school.

During the course Jacob also participated in CSCS training; his efforts during lesson time and independent study meant he was ready to take the test straight after completing the course. He went on to pass the test first time and has successfully obtained a 5 year green labourers card.  

Jacob grew up in Bermondsey and has been in and out of prison all of his young adult life. After another spell in prison he was released in July 2015 and knew he needed to do something to turn his situation around. Jacob’s relationship with his mother was fractious and he was on the verge of being homeless. Furthermore, he has the responsibility of supporting a young child. A CSCS test was set up by London Probation, but Jacob missed this and regretted it deeply. Through Construction Youth Trust he was given a second chance, which he grabbed with both hands.

During his last day with Construction Youth Trust Jacob stated that the Budding Builders course was the only thing he has ever completed. When he left the Trust he was brimming with confidence and motivated to take the next step into the industry.   


Construction Youth Trust aims to help young people to reconnect with their community by giving courses a community focus. By giving our students a stake in their local community we hope to improve their self-perception and deter antisocial behaviour. Negative self-perception can prevent young people from accessing training and employment opportunities and lead them into a spiral of long-term unemployment. By giving them skills and the opportunity to excersise them in a meaningful way, Construction Youth Trust aims to give its beneficiaries the best chance of success in the working world. 

Construction Youth Trust offers courses throughout the year from our training centre in Bermondsey, where we have made strong links with local community organisations. Our courses are aimed at young people aged 14-30 who are not engaging in education, training or employment. Offering practical training in a variety of trade skills, the courses also give students the chance to achieve an Open College Network qualification in Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment.

Construction Youth Trust is running the Budding Builders construction skills course on a regular basis and welcomes young people from all London boroughs who are currently looking to gain a CSCS card, and find employment or training.

If you are interested or know of anyone who is then please get in contact. 

For more details please contact the London team - 0207 2321734 / london@constructionyouth.org.uk