Our recent North Kent project saw local young people positively engage in their community

We have partnered with the Kent Youth Justice Board and Early Help teams to positively engage young people in their community, developing their practical construction skills and inspiring them to take the next steps in their careers.

The 5 day community project saw young people connecting with local construction and built environment industry volunteers to work on construction projects within their local community. During the week, participants carried out renovation work on Fleetdown Community Centre as well as making a sensory board which was presented to a local nursery. The projects were a chance for the young people to create a lasting legacy for their community.

During the project, the young participants developed their practical skills and were given an immersive insight into the construction and built environment industry. Giving young people the opportunity to experience practical careers that suit their skills and interests raises their aspirations and can inspire them to take the next steps in their careers.

For many young people that the youth offending team work with, it can feel like they have limited career options and are unsure about their future. Social mobility is at the heart of our work and we are committed to supporting those young people that are most likely to miss out on opportunities for employment.

Following the completion of the project, we will support the participants in achieving their Health & Safety level 1 qualification and Construction Skills Certificate Scheme card, essential elements for beginning a career in construction. Those young people that display a real passion and interest during the week will also have the chance to gain work experience or labouring opportunities from leading industry employers who were involved in the project.