Our school and college programmes inspire young people about modern career options, widen their horizons and challenge limiting career stereotypes, in order to prepare students to make career choices well matched to their interests and abilities. 


We work with each individual school and college to design an exciting programme of employer engagement that can help them meet the Gatsby benchmarks and raise awareness of the fantastic career opportunities in the construction and built environment sector.   

We deliberately target schools and colleges with high numbers of disadvantaged pupils in our hub areas. Our aim is to ensure local schools, colleges and young people do not miss out on the career, training and employment opportunities created by exciting developments in their own neighbourhoods.  

From curriculum linked sessions to behind-the-scenes site and workplace visits, our work is employer-led and supported by industry volunteers lending their passion and knowledge to enhance the students’ experience. 


Transitions programmes and targeted support  

We offer our immersive Transition Programmes to young people approaching key transition points in their education/career journey – for example 15-16 years olds approaching their GCSEs, young people completing Further Education courses or 6th Form students.  

Diversity and social mobility are at the heart of our work. Our programmes give young people direct experience of the world of work, combined with employer-led employability support and skills building in order to level the playing field for young people facing disadvantage.  

Through our targeted support programmes, we work collaboratively with schools, colleges and students to develop individual action plans designed to help them identify their next best step and develop the skills to enable them to reach their goals.  

We work with our school and college partners to encourage participation from young people who are most likely to miss out on opportunities and/or who are typically underrepresented.  


Where we work

The Trust has identified a number of place-based hubs in which we work. The hubs have been selected based on the extent to which the area is affected by multiple deprivation, such as high levels of unemployment or in-work poverty, low skills, youth unemployment etc, and whether the built environment sector has a long-term demand for skills in the area over a minimum 10 year period.

Current hubs:

  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Westminster
  • Barking & Dagenham
  • Lambeth
  • Southwark
  • Ebbsfleet
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Lewisham

If you work in a school or college within one of our hubs and would like to discuss our schools and colleges work please get in touch.

Case Study

  • Nawaal

    Civil Engineer

    Nawaal was a student at Hammersmith Academy when she attended our industry-led Budding Brunels workshop, designed to showcase the range of skills and job roles available across the Construction industry. After the course, we facilitated a work placement. Experiencing the real work environment made Nawaal realise she wanted to follow a career into construction.

    Nawaal is now a Civil Engineering Apprentice working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel - London’s new super-sewer, which is urgently needed to modernise the Capital’s sewage system and protect the tidal River Thames from pollution. Nawaal is currently completing a level 6 degree apprenticeship with Tideway and the University of East London.

    “When my placement ended, I felt incredibly motivated and eager to do all that’s necessary to work in this field of work in the near future. Construction Youth Trust not only gave me my first exposure to construction, but also continued to support and guide me into the industry.”