Not Just For Boys - Ash's Story

Ash was first introduced to the Trust in Nov 2015, when we were recruiting for our Women’s-only cohort at Kings Cross Construction.

She attended an information session at New Horizon Youth Centre and signed up for our course. Unfortunately, she couldn’t complete the women’s-only course due to housing difficulties. The Trust kept in contact with her and when her housing stabilised we placed her on a course in Jan 2016.    

Ash’s experience with Construction Youth Trust

Ash took part in a 3 week carpentry course taking place in Kilburn Grange Play Hut. She was a valued member of the team, who hand-crafted a park bench, planter-seat, insect mansion and hedgehog house. Her own personal achievements consisted of gaining the Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment and two days after finishing the course passing her CSCS test. During the course Ash attended a 1:1 CV workshop and careers advice session, enabling her to upgrade and improve her CV and discuss her future career ambitions.

Following the course, Ash decided to gain some site experience through the Trust’s work placement programme, Routes into Construction, which supports Budding Builders beneficiaries and others into work by providing multi-skills work experience with a number of employers on working sites. Ash spent two weeks with Willmott-Dixon Interiors at their site in Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars, where she experienced document control, project management and quantity surveying. Ash impressed while she was on site, and was given the option to return to site for further work experience.

Janine Frederick, project manager at the Willmott-Dixon Queen Victoria Street site, said

Ash showed a positive attitude and a real interest in the construction sector.

Ash’s Background

Ash’s main ambition since finishing her A Levels has to pursue a career in Law. She started a Law degree at University of BBP Law School in 2013, but had to defer a year because of housing problems. The loss of a home not only affected her education, but left her with low confidence and self-esteem, ultimately leading to her feeling depressed. CYT instantly saw the incredible potential Ash shows and her open-mindedness has led her down the path of construction. Her experience with the Trust has inspired her to think about going into professional careers in construction

My depressive attitude was totally kicked aside, I’ve benefited from this short course in many different ways