Connecting young people to live employment opportunities!

We held our first Live Vacancies Week in partnership with several of our employer partners this February, giving our young people the opportunity to access a variety of current apprenticeship opportunities!

We invited young people who have shown a real interest in joining the construction sector to attend sessions with opportunities that best fitted their skills and interests. Forming strong relationships and networks with employers within our hub areas is a massive part of the work we do at the Trust. By partnering with industry organisations for sessions like these, the Trust is able to level the playing field for young people who are facing the biggest barriers to employment by giving them the chance to hear about opportunities in their area, simultaneously connecting employers to young talent!

The sessions were a fantastic success, with 88 young people attending over the week. Our industry partners Balfour Beatty, Swift, Laing O’Rourke, Berkeley Group and Bell Group advertised more than 28 live apprenticeship vacancies that participants might want to consider applying for, from Bricklaying to Rail Plant Engineering!

Following the sessions we will give 1-to-1 support to the young people who decide to move forward with their applications, as many of the young people we work with have little to no experience of the application process. Through building soft skills such as CV writing and interviewing technique we want to ensure that our young people are able to present themselves in the best possible light to potential employers.

After the success of our first Live Vacancies Week, we look forward to establishing it as a permanent fixture in the Trust delivery schedule and connecting even more of our employer partners with upcoming diverse young talent.