Construction Youth Trust has been delivering training courses to unemployed young people across South Wales thanks to the Engagement Gateway funding from the WCVA, originally won through the European Social Fund.
The construction skills Taster Sessions engaged a range of disadvantaged young people including those who were homeless or had a history of offending. Many of them didn’t get on well at school and so it was a real achievement for them gaining NQF Level 1 qualifications in subjects such as plastering and carpentry.
The carpentry course which took place at the Cwmbran Centre for Young People was a particular success and each participant built their own bird box, which are all to be donated to the local area.
A Painting and Decorating course took the young people into local community centres where they tiled nursery and bathroom walls and painted rooms.
Thanks to the funding from the WCVA, we were given the means to engage many more young people in hard to reach communities in South Wales. The opportunity to gain qualifications on these courses has given the young people a head start to beginning a career path within the construction industry. Natalie Sergeant from Vale Volunteer Bureau commented "through the Engagement Gateway Scheme Construction Youth Trust were able to provide valuable opportunities for young people to increase their skills and gain qualifications which will help them on their pathway to employment within the construction industry"