Budding Builders students donate their carpentry work to Bede Wildlife Garden

Students completing a carpentry course with Construction Youth Trust donate a bench and two hedgehog houses to the Bede Trust’s Wildlife garden.

Seven students completing a three-week Budding Builders carpentry course at Construction Youth Trust’s training centre in Bermondsey presented the product of their work recently to a local charity - The Bede Trust. The students received their end of course certificates from Councillor Anood Al-Samerai, Leader of the Southwark Liberal Democrat Group. The Executive Director of Construction Youth Trust, Christine Townley was also there to congratulate them on their achievement.

The Wildlife Garden is a space owned by the Bede Trust, a charity that supports adults with learning difficulties in a variety of ways. The bench provided by Construction Youth Trust students will provide seating for service users, and the hedgehog houses will help to attract wildlife.

The students were very proud of the work they produced, and it was a big confidence boost to see their ‘clients’ so pleased with the products they were given. Contributing positively to the local community was an important part of the project, especially for the students who had not been engaging in education, employment and training for several years. All seven of the students achieved their Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment and will be taking their CSCS tests in the next few weeks.

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.

To strengthen our local network and to give courses a community focus, we will partner with local social and charitable organisations, arranging practical projects which go to a good cause. This way the work done by students on our courses has a real purpose and a positive impact. The sense that their work is being produced ‘for a client’ gives students a greater sense of pride in their craftsmanship and prepares them for the world of employment. 

The Budding Builders course is designed to:

  • Facilitate a project-based learning experience designed to give students an insight into the Construction Industry.       
  • Provide an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and qualities as well as an industry recognised qualification.
  • Challenge how young peoples’ self-perception affects their worlds, shaping thoughts, feelings and behaviors. 
  • Motivate students to work hard, and avoid falling into patterns of helplessness, self-defeat and academic underachievement.

Seven young people completed a three week course in practical carpentry and Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. They learned new skills and worked as a team to create a hedgehog house, three bat boxes and a bench for a Wildlife Garden belonging to the Bede Trust, a charity supporting adults with learning difficulties. Another hedgehog house and three more bat boxes will be donated to Southwark Park. All seven learners completed their Level 1 Health and Safety qualification and have been put forward for their CSCS tests.

Staff and service users at Bede were delighted with the work the students did for them, and it is hoped that they will improve the look of the space and attract more wildlife. They showed their appreciation with cup cakes a thank you card, and lots of banter.


Councillor Anood Al-Samerai, Leader of the Southwark Liberal Democrat Group said about the event:  “Construction Youth Trust is brilliantly supporting young people in Southwark with training and jobs. This is the best way we can make sure that everyone in our community has a chance to realise their potential and there are added benefits for the other local groups they are helping. Well done to everyone completing their course and best wishes for their future careers in construction.”

“The Bede Learning Disabilities services appreciate Construction Youth Trust’s input this year. The nature group and garden will benefit and use the bench for many years to come. The young men involved in the project obviously worked to a high standard  in creating the bench and box, and these will be used by all associated with the Bede/Aspinden Nature Garden. We look forward to keeping an eye on any hedgehogs that may use the box.” – Carole Brady, Service Manager, Bede Learning Disabilities Project


Construction Youth Trust is running the 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