Construction Youth Trust conducts research in partnership so that we can: evidence the value of our interventions; conduct research on behalf of industry; contribute to and influence the policy debate; and develop and share best practice. We also contribute to other research by providing evidence to bodies including CfSJ; DEMOS; the Smith Institute, including amongst the most recent publications, the No More Lost Generations report.

#notjustforboys - Women in Construction

Download the report here - #notjustforboys - Women in Construction

In 2014 the Trust partnered with the Smith Intitute to commission the report Building the Future - Women in Construction. Supported by CITB and Wates Giving, the report was launched by the Minister for Employment and Skills in Portcullis House in celebration of International Womens' Day.

The report’s initial success was the inspiration for the #notjustforboys campaign, and its continued success has led to the issue of a 2nd edition – this time entitled #notjustforboys: Women in Construction.

The new edition includes a brand new preface and will bring the report up-to-date in a post-Brexit context where the skills gap is high on both the political, economic and industry’s agenda.  

With contributions from across the industry, including from the Trust's own executive director Christine Townley, the report covers inspirational personal success stories, analysis of the barriers to increasing diversity and clear recommendations.

#notjustforboys - Women in Construction is introduced by Meg Munn MP and published by the Smith Institute with Construction Youth Trust

Find out more about how we promote diversity in the industry - say

Social Return on Investment

At Construction Youth Trust we recognise that the real value to communities and to our economy of industry and expert-led community provision is more than simply financial – it is crucial we capture and share the soft and hard outcomes to evidence change. Construction Youth Trust has partnered with London South Bank University to develop a methodology for the Construction Industry to be able to measure the real value of our intervention.

The following reports detail how and why we did it, the applications of the model and some fascinating case studies:


Construction Youth Trust: Developing Measures of Social Impact

Developing Measures of Social Impact

Paper for the 20th Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, New Researchers’ Session, 10th-11th September 2014, Sheffield Hallam University

This paper reports on the development of Social Return on Investment (SROI) measures for Construction Youth Trust.  The research is part of the Economic and Social Research Council work of the Third Sector Research Centre. It is undertaken through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) which has received support from the Technology Strategy Board and Welsh Government. There is also funding from Willmott Dixon, a major construction company. The development of SROI measures is well established in the UK but there is still much debate over the robustness and validity of measures. The Trust’s mission is to support disadvantaged young people aged 14-30 into education and work in the construction industry.


Application of SROI - Summerfield Community Centre Birmingham

Budding Builders with Willmott Dixon Forecast SROI Report Summary Sheet

This summary sheet presents a forecast Social Return on Investment (SROI) case study of a Practical Project at the Summerfield Community Centre between Construction Youth Trust and Willmott Dixon that received financial support from the Willmott Dixon Foundation. Supported by a detailed report, each Summary Sheet clearly presents forecast SROI values for our partners and stakeholders