L&Q Learning to Succeed Launch

It is with great pleasure that Construction Youth Trust announces the official launch of the L&Q Learning to Succeed programme.

Following the results of new research carried out by L&Q, the not-for-profit housing association and the Trust have formed a partnership to develop and deliver a schools-based programme to combat the negative misconceptions of industry currently held by young people, their parents and teachers.

Learning to Succeed is a £1 million programme that seeks to address the Construction and Built Environment’s image problems by offering free STEM education lessons and careers advice to 30 schools in 12 London boroughs. L&Q surveyed 1,095 16-18 year-olds about their career aspirations and found that only one in ten young people would consider a career in construction, even though more than half are interested in subjects that qualify them for industry.

By engaging young people at an early stage, through programmes such as Learning to Succeed, we have the opportunity to broaden the career horizons of young people and introduce them to the wide range of real jobs and rewarding careers modern industry has to offer. The sector needs to inspire young people to become the next generation of industry as the CITB estimates that industry will need to recruit an extra 168,500 workers over the next five years to support construction growth and account for an ageing workforce.

The programme is designed to enable schools to achieve government stipulated careers requirements as informed by the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance. Schools can currently choose from a variety of sessions offered to Key Stage 3, 4 & 5 students ranging from the practical application of Maths in industry to Career Networking events. A major facet of the sessions is the inclusion of industry volunteers giving the sector a direct link to the students and allowing them to share their experience to inspire the next generation of industry.

Matthew Corbett, Director of the L&Q Foundation, said: “Construction isn’t just about hard hats and steel capped boots, it’s also about innovation, technology, great design, communities and placemaking. If we’re going to solve our housing crisis, then we need our young people to help – but first we need to increase interest and awareness of the opportunities the industry has to offer.

“The average age of a tradesman on a site is now 45-years-old. And Brexit is looming. We’ve got a serious amount of work to do in promoting ourselves if we’re ever going to fill the substantial gaps in our skills base and make the industry more appealing to younger people.”