We recently joined forces with Newham Council to deliver the Newham reparation project and support young offenders
During the last 10 years, our work at Construction Youth Trust with young offenders has demonstrated an excellent track record of effective reparation. Our different projects aimed at preventing young people from committing further offences by increasing their understanding of potential career pathways and positive personal development. We achieve that by providing guidance and information about a range of training and career opportunities within the construction industry and the built environment sector.
In February, we worked in partnership with Newham Council, Newham Youth Offending Team (YOT), the Building Crafts College and Lendlease to deliver a 4-day reparation project, engaging 6 young people currently under the supervision Newham YOT. Starting with a discussion around the need to accept responsibility for the consequences of criminal behaviour, we worked with learners to develop new strategies and cope with future positive change and personal development.
As part of the project, young people participated in a group practical activity constructing bat boxes for Newham City Farm. This developed their basic construction skills and they were also encouraged to communicate effectively and develop their ability to work within a team. They also participated in CV workshops and interview skills role-plays to improve their employability skills. An exciting ’muddy boots’ site visit hosted by Lendlease, provided them with the chance to meet and network with industry professionals. In addition, meetings with employment brokers, created for learners the opportunity to learn about local opportunities for training, apprenticeships and employment.
Consistently action-packed, a real highlight of the project was an inspirational speech by Mr Bruno Tampo, Workplace & Apprentice Coordinator for Multiplex. When Bruno shared his personal experiences about life after prison, the students immediately identified with him and were encouraged and inspired to see how someone can regain their life and rebuild their self-esteem.
Learners also got the chance to hear from Tim Martin, Bursar at the Building Crafts College about opportunities for further training and development at the college as well as Natasha Langston, Jobs Adviser at Workplace about pathways to access apprenticeships and future employment.
To celebrate the end of the project, all students were invited to a graduation ceremony on the last day, during which they were able to reflect upon their achievements in the presence of everybody who had invested their time to make the project meaningful.
“I am honoured to be a part of this,” said Bruno Tampo, “I strongly believe that we need more of these types of programmes to help young people feel safe and get the right guidance.”
Margaret Almond, Economic Regeneration Team Leader at London Borough of Newham said: “We would like to thank Wendy and Pearl from Construction Youth Trust for delivering this effective and engaging programme. We were impressed with their approach to each of the candidates and we are looking forward to work with the team again in the future.”
The project was funded by Newham Council using Lloyds Bank Construction Skills Centre funding, which has been awarded to them to deliver education, training and jobs brokerage initiatives and address the current skills gap in the construction industry.
*Learner's name has been changed