The Mayor and Greater London Authority’s Workforce Integration Network awards funding to Construction Youth Trust to kick start careers for young Black men in the construction and built environment sector!

03/12/2021 News

We are delighted to have been awarded funding by Greater London Authority’s Workforce Integration Network to deliver a 12-month proactive employability programme which will support young Black men and underrepresented groups across a number of London boroughs to achieve their full career potential in the construction and built environment sector.

 

The aim of the programme is to inspire 16–25-year-old young Black men about the incredible breadth of careers available to them across the sector. Through construction focused employability interventions, we will support them to make informed decisions to make a positive next step along their career journey.

At the core of our programme is meaningful and relevant employer engagement. By introducing our young people to relatable role models, we aim to challenge stereotypes and inspire a broad range of young Black men and other young Londoners about construction careers, on the premise that “you can’t be what you can’t see”. We want to remove barriers and ensure our young people feel welcomed by the sector. We will work closely with our employer partners to maximise our young people’s access to apprenticeship, employment, and training opportunities.

 

“Recent figures tell us COVID-19 had a disproportionate impact on the employment prospects of BAME young people. We are pleased to be working with the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) Workforce Integration Network (WIN) to expand our work inspiring and supporting underrepresented young Londoners, particularly young Black men, to take full advantage of the incredible opportunities open to them within the construction and built environment sector.”

 – Carol Lynch, Chief Executive of Construction Youth Trust

 

“WIN and the GLA are pleased to be collaborating with the Construction Youth Trust to deliver this programme making the crucial targeted intervention of engaging young Black men to enhance their awareness and readiness to successfully progress within the important growth sector of construction. It is our sincere desire to make a real positive difference in the lives of the young Black men and other underrepresented young people engaged by the programme.”

- Rommell Wallace, Senior WIN Coordinator, GLA

 

Over the course of the year, participants will take part in employer-led talks/events, Live Vacancies Sessions, work experience opportunities as well as our first ever industry mentoring scheme which we will be running in collaboration with Brightside. By using this innovative online mentoring platform, our young people will be able to benefit from 1-2-1 support from industry professionals, developing their soft skills and ensuring that they have the tools and confidence to map out their next steps.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with this exciting new programme, sharing the progress and success the young people over the course of the following year.