Construction Youth Trust named as a finalist for the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust 50th Anniversary Awards!

We are delighted to have been named as one of the finalists for the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust 50th Anniversary Awards. The awards will see one organisation win a £20,000 grant in recognition of their work in Kent.

The Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust has been instrumental in enabling us to deliver our work in North Kent. Without their support we wouldn’t have been able to establish our Ebbsfleet hub and connect with the 5 schools we work with in the local area.

We have built long-term relationships with these schools and built environment businesses working locally. Since September 2018, we have facilitated for 1,200 young people to interact with role models from the industry.

Not only have our local industry partners been volunteering in our partnership schools, but they have been working closely with us to create clear pathways for young people to move from school into employment and further training.

For example, Taylor Wimpey has agreed to work with us to open up their bricklaying and painting & decorating apprenticeships to young people in our partner schools. These are just the kind of vocational opportunities that many of the young people we work with in our North Kent schools are crying out for.

We had a lovely time joining the Colyer-Fergusson team to film a short video to be played at the awards evening in November. We can’t wait to see all of the other incredible projects that have been shortlisted.

It goes without saying that we’d be extremely honoured and delighted to be named as one of the finalists, as the award money would allow us to deepen our relationships in the North Kent community. We want to offer young people more vocational placements that create pathways for those whose talents lie outside the classroom in practical work and practical problem solving. We want to enable every young person to fulfil their career potential and it is only through the generous support of grant making trusts like the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust that we’re able to do the work we do.

We’re very much looking forward to the awards in November!