Taster session brings in candidates from all over London

Construction Youth Trust opened the doors of its Training Centre in Bermondsey to welcome 13 prospective students.

1st August 2016

We welcomed thirteen young men to a taster session at our revamped Bermondsey Construction Training Centre. Prospective students arrived from all over London including Hackney, Barking & Dagenham, Newham, and Lewisham. And some local Southwark residents attended, too.

This was the first group of students to set foot in the Training Centre since the Willmott Dixon Changing Lives Programme which took place over the summer. The programme has transformed the Centre and made for a fantastic environment for students to work in. The students began with a tour of the Training Centre including the new Employability Hub and our brand new classrooms.

The new recruits were then given an introduction into the Budding Builders programme and what they could hope to achieve while being on the course. The group were very engaged and keen to hear about what the Construction Youth Trust can offer in terms of pathways into the construction industry. The group was then spilt into two, with half of the prospective students completing their Initial Assessment forms, which allowed them to state exactly why they intended to join a course and what they hoped to achieve in their future careers. The other half were given the opportunity to learn about the requirements of Personal Protective Equipment PPE before they entered the workshop to compete in a newspaper tower building challenge. This exercise gave the group a chance to get to know each other as well as getting accustomed to completing a practical activity in the workshop, something they will be doing plenty of as they progress through the programme.

Construction Youth Trust would like to thank our referral partners who made this course possible. Barking & Dagenham Council, Lewisham Council, Southwark Council, St Giles Trust, Immediate Theatre and Virtual School Hackney were able to send excellent young people for us to work with.

We are running the Budding Builders course on a regular basis and welcome young people from all London boroughs who are currently looking to gain a CSCS card, and find employment or training.

Find upcoming courses here.