Eleven students graduate from Budding Builders course

Eleven students graduate from the Trust’s three week programme with Level 1 qualifications in Health and Safety.

The London team congratulates the latest cohort of students who completed the three week Budding Builders programme based at the Bermondsey Construction Training Centre. Out of twelve starters, eleven gained their OCN Level 1 qualification in Health and Safety with five also gaining the five year CSCS Labourer’s Card. With this card it will be possible for them to access entry-level positions in the construction industry and be able to pursue successful careers within the industry.

The group, led by our experienced tutor Pearl O’Keefe were able to learn new practical skills including painting & decorating, tiling and dry-lining. The group also worked well in the classroom throughout their qualification and all went above and beyond in their revision while preparing for their CSCS test. Due to their hard work and dedication nearly half of the students who completed the course achieved the CSCS labourer’s card and all the students can look forward to a bright futures within the industry. 

The students were lucky enough be taken on a site visit to nearby project organised by Linden Homes. Being able to see different trades in action on an active site was an incredibly valuable experience to the students, many of whom had never set foot on a site before. Some of the participants who were interested to know more about particular career paths in the industry were able to speak directly to the tradespeople working on site.

Being able to access an insight into how the construction industry works is an essential part of what the Construction Youth Trust offer as part of their courses. That is why it was such a privilege for Alex Bill, a Project Manager from Aecom, to come down and speak to the students about his career and what it is like to be a project manager. Alex gave a excellent overview of what his job entails and what routes there are for young people who want to take the management route into construction.

During their time on the course the students also received one-to-one CV support and careers advice and were kept up to date with potential progression opportunities. This led to two of the students being offered an interview for an apprenticeship with Berkeley Homes, we wish them the best of luck!

Construction Youth Trust would like to thank our referral partners who made this course possible. Barking & Dagenham Council, Lewisham Council, Southwark Council, St Giles Trust, Immediate Theatre and Virtual School Hackney  were able to send excellent young people for us to work with.  

We are running the Budding Builders course on a regular basis and welcome young people from all London boroughs who are currently looking to gain a CSCS card, and find employment or training.

Find upcoming courses here.