Peter's story is a perfect example of what we set out to achieve at Construction Youth Trust: to change young people's perceptions, inspire and introduce them to careers they had never considered before and provide them with a route into the construction industry.
Peter was a student at Haberdashers Aske's Crayford Academy when he attended our industry-led Budding Brunels 3-day workshop supported by Mace at Vauxhall SkyGardens. The course aimed to inspire students about construction by showcasing the range of skills and job roles available across the industry.
During these 3 days, Peter enjoyed participating in tower building activities and networking with industry professionals. He found the site tour, which consisted of viewing various apartments at different stages of completion, very insightful and his confidence around interviews grew as well as his knowledge of progression routes into construction.
"I really enjoyed the Budding Brunels Programme as people were very friendly and willing to answer any questions I had throughout the day. Going on site and seeing different departments, allowed me to better understand the construction process and gave me an idea of what is required of me if I want to continue in construction."
After the course, we facilitated a work placement for Peter, where he got the chance to experience a real work environment. “I was one of the lucky ones who went on placement with Mace and it made me realise all the possible career opportunities there are in construction.”
The Budding Brunels course and work placement helped Peter realise that Civil Engineering is the right path for him and we are delighted to announce that he is now enjoying his new role as a Degree Apprentice with FM Conway and Southbank University.