The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation awards Construction Youth Trust funding to build bridges to careers.

We are absolutely delighted to announce that the Mercers’ Charitable Foundation has awarded the Trust funding to deliver our new 12 month programme Building Bridges to Careers.

Building Bridges to Careers is an individualised, employer-led careers programme which aims to inspire young people at risk of not making a successful post-16 transition to re-engage with their learning.

 The programme is designed to introduce the young people to the world of work and the breadth of careers on offer, from site management to operating the industry’s latest technology. We will work with students for whom academic study may not be the most appropriate post-16 route, helping them to explore alternative pathways suited to their individual strengths and interest, including apprenticeships.  Over the three years of the programme, 150 young people will be supported.

Throughout the 12 months, students will participate in a range of meaningful interaction with employers, workplace visits and practical sessions experiencing the world of work from the inside. By introducing students to relatable role models, we can give young people a direct line of sight into potential career opportunities.  

Students will be supported 1-2-1 by our experienced team to help them recognise their individual strengths and empower them about their career options. Our aim is to support each young person to make a successful post-16 transition and take the next step to achieving their full career potential

Carol Lynch, Chief Executive said: ‘We’re very grateful to the Mercers’ Charitable Foundation for their support of our new programme. Building Bridges to Careers concentrates on helping young people facing the greatest barriers to education and employment. By using the diverse breadth of available careers in the construction and the built environment industry, alongside bespoke and individualised careers support, we want to unlock young people’s perceptions of the careers available to them and inspire them to achieve their full potential.’

Liz Rayment-Pickard, the Mercers’ Head of Young People and Education, said: “The Mercers’ Charitable Foundation is delighted to support Building Bridges to Careers, funded through our Transitions special initiative which helps young people through the transition from school to work and promotes active citizenship.”

The programme will begin in earnest in September 2019 and we look forward to sharing the progress and successes of our young people with everyone.