Routes Into Construction Placement Success

Alfie Delaney, 19, from Bermondsey approached Construction Youth Trust on Monday last week, and was given a work placement with Keepmoat the very next day.

Working as part of the Greater London Joint Initiative Programme with CITB, Routes into Construction is a Construction Youth Trust programme which brings together a number of construction employers who are committed to providing practical work experience opportunities within the construction industry, enabling local young people to enhance their employment prospects and make more informed career choices.

We were approached by Keepmoat’s S106 / Community Liaison officer, Patrick Warren, with a placement opportunity in the Slippers Lane housing estate in Bermondsey – directly opposite our Training Centre. Throughout Southwark there exists tenants and residents association (TRA) halls on each housing estate, the Slippers Lane hall is called the Parkside TRA Hall, and it was in need of refurbishment. Pat approached Construction Youth Trust to offer a number of work placements through the Routes Into Construction project.

Alfie Delaney, a local resident on the Slippers Lane housing estate contacted us last Monday (27th July), as he had completed a Carpentry Level 2 course at Lewisham Southwark College and was looking for more experience as he was having trouble finding employment. We placed him on a 2 week placement with Keepmoat the very next day.

He commented: “I’ve just left college, and I’m looking for an apprenticeship. I saw the Construction Youth Trust banner, and rang the number – I met Paul the same afternoon, and was working on site for Keepmoat the following day! Now Keepmoat are keeping me in mind for apprenticeship opportunities. I’m really happy with the way the Trust has helped me.”

The 2 week Routes Into Construction placement consists of:

  • Painting and decorating - 80% of the work
  • Bathroom fit out
  • General labouring

Another young person on the same placement is Brandon Goodyear, 18, another local resident who lives on the estate, and a recent Budding Builders graduate.

The first stage of the placement (Painting & Decorating) is now complete and there will be a short break while Keepmoat resolve supplier issues for the bathroom fit.

Both Brandon and Alfie have excelled on the course, with Pat Warren committing to recommend the two for Keepmoat’s apprenticeship programme, which is fantastic news.

Construction Youth Trust Chairman Andy Wates and Executive Director Christine Townley visited the placement on Friday and were impressed by what they saw, and consider the placements a huge success for Routes Into Construction.

Christine commented: “We are delighted to have the support of Keepmoat in giving Brandon and Alfie a real start by helping them understand what a career in construction involves and by providing them with new and improved skills. Construction Youth Trust welcomes working with industry to support talented young people to get a taste of construction and help them into the industry.”

This is the start of what we hope to be a very exciting relationship with Keepmoat, with Christine also meeting Keepmoat CEO Dave Sheridan to discuss how Construction Youth Trust and Keepmoat can continue to work together to help local young people into training and employment in the construction industry.