Top tips from a recruitment professional to help our young people stand out from the crowd!

Young people enrolled on our Black Leaders in the Built Environment programme developed their employability skills and got a unique insight into the job application process during our Meet the Recruiter session supported by Michael Adeniran, Outreach and Brokerage Adviser at Central London Forward.

The programme, generously funded by the Greater London Authority, aims to support young black men as they enter the working world, breaking down stereotypes and promoting diversity within the construction and built environment industry. At the Trust, we are firm believers in the notion that ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’. Connecting young people to relatable role models in the sector is a great way of inspiring them about construction careers and empowering them to achieve their goals.

Our young people had the chance to hear from Michael up-to-date information about the wide range of roles available in construction and the built environment and discover current live vacancies. The session helped students understand the current labour market needs within the industry, as well as the skills needed to meet those needs and succeed in construction careers. Michael also used his recruitment experience to give some top tips about CV writing that our young people will be able to take forward into future applications.

Alongside employer-led sessions, the young men enrolled on the programme will attend immersive world of work activities once current restrictions allow, such as live site visits and work experience placements, and receive 1-1 mentoring support from Trust staff to empower them to make informed choices and succeed in their chosen careers.

Despite the challenges faced this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted to have been able to adapt our support and continue to engage with the young people on the programme online so they do not miss out on the opportunity to interact with employers.

The session was really well received by the young people involved, who gained skills and knowledge that they will be able to utilise as they take their next steps in the working world.