VINCI and Construction Youth Trust

This month we are shining a spotlight on VINCI Construction UK, a dedicated supporter of the Trust and our Budding Brunels programme in particular We have a very successful working relationship with VINCI which has allowed us to run consistently well-planned and delivered programmes for our students. Not only does VINCI provide financial support to the programmes but their employees volunteer their time to share their experiences of the construction industry, take them on site visits, and hold interviews for work placements.

Through the Budding Brunels programmes with VINCI, our students are able to forge an understanding of the immense variation of roles available within construction and gain invaluable employability skills, which helps them make informed decisions on their career paths. Some of our lucky students who have secured work placements with VINCI have had the fantastic opportunity to experience day to day working life within the construction sector. They have shadowed individuals and learned about the vast array of professional roles on offer within construction from engineers and project managers, to HR and community engagement managers.

When asked if their view of the construction industry had changed after attending a Budding Brunels programme two students recently commented: “Yes, it has made me realise how vast the industry is in terms of jobs and daily impact” “It made me see the massive range of roles available and the scale of the industry and the work it does” Since we began working with VINCI we have run 12 Budding Brunels programmes in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Maidstone, Leighton Buzzard, Reading and Cardiff and we look forward to running more in 2014. Our partnership has led to some fantastic success stories.

Find out about Hamza, a student from London who took part in a particular Budding Brunels course focussed on VINCI’s Connaught Tunnel site. Colin Jellicoe, VINCI Plc – Human Resources Director commented: “We are delighted to be involved with Construction Youth Trust and strive to interact with the communities where we operate and schemes such as Budding Brunels are ideal for us to support. It not only helps the disadvantaged young people local to our work but also encourages them to look at a career in construction.”