On Tuesday 23rd June Construction Youth Trust celebrated over a decade of supporting young people in Wales into construction training and employment at the Senedd. The event was hosted by Assembly Member for Caerphilly Jeff Cuthbert AM and attended by members of the Assembly, representatives of the construction industry and invited guests. The evening was a fantastic opportunity to hear about the significant work of the Trust in Wales against the stunning backdrop of Cardiff Bay.
Introduced by Jeff Cuthbert AM for Caerphilly, guests were invited to sign pledge cards on the evening showing support for the Trust’s six commitments for the construction industry in Wales – commitments ranging from removing barriers for young people to enter the industry to a commitment to capture a value of the charity’s interventions.
Speakers included Andy Wates, chairman of Construction Youth Trust, Christine Townley the Trust’s Chief Executive and Jemma Bridgeman from Construction Youth Trust Cymru.
The event was a great opportunity to thank the Trust’s partners in Wales including Llamau and all its partners on the Symud Ymlean (SYMF) project including SOVA, GISDA & CBSA. As part of the SYMF project the Trust delivers construction work placements to young people aged 16-18 who have been in care or offended, giving them the opportunity of a paid work placement three days a week. Running across Wales, in the South all the young people that have completed their work placement have progressed on to employment, education or training. In North Wales all but one of the young people that have completed their placements have been taken on full-time by their construction employer.
Christine Townley, Executive Director of the Trust, said
we are delighted to have celebrated our ten years in Wales in such a magnificent building. The Trust takes its role as a bridge between construction and communities very seriously and we look forward to helping more young people from Wales to help themselves over the next ten years. We are here to make a difference and we will!
Construction Youth Trust Cymru is looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with the construction industry in Wales and support Welsh Government’s Community Benefits policy and its vision for sustainable development. The Trust is committed to continuing to develop creative and innovative projects in Wales and support young people by providing training and skills development opportunities to help them overcome barriers and access employment opportunities.
The Trust has recently undertaken a two-year impact study as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) that was supported by Welsh Government, Innovate UK and construction company Willmott Dixon. As a result of the KTP the Trust has developed a bespoke Social Return on Investment (SROI) model that can help the construction industry demonstrate the social, economic and environmental benefits of projects.
Jemma Bridgeman, Construction Youth Trust Cymru said
the construction industry is more than just on-site construction and delivers wide ranging community benefits and the Trust is using SROI with partners to help the industry demonstrate this. This event at the Senedd was a great opportunity to discuss this ground breaking impact measurement work
The evening was also a chance to announce the appointment of Wyn Prichard, former Wales Director for CITB Construction-Skills, as the Trust’s Ambassador in Wales. Wyn said of the evening
as we move towards the Assembly elections in 2016, Construction Youth Trust Cymru is a key voice to develop the opportunities for young people to enter the Construction Industry, with strong links to the Community Benefit Clauses. Our recently completed Social return on Investment (SROI) model is a measurement of impact of skills training on the community, which would be a key delivery aim for the new administration.
Construction Youth Trust Cymru is a registered charity working with young people aged 14-30 to help them access training and employment opportunities in construction. The Trust in particular focuses on demystifying the industry for young people who wouldn’t ordinarily consider a career in construction. The Trust actively promotes diversity in the sector, working with employer partners such as Kier, Swansea City and County Council, Newport City Homes, and Willmott Dixon amongst many others to deliver programmes of engagement, training and employment brokerage.
Clare Watkins from Coastal Housing Group said
The Trust has been working with Coastal Housing Group for many years. It was great to catch up at the Senedd and talk about some of the Trust’s learners such as Becky and Francine who are now painting and decorating apprentices following a Women into Construction course.