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Young people not in education or training tops one million

According to latest figures from the Department of Education there are still more than a million young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England.

I find this figure very concerning and think it is time that we all did more to give these young people the opportunities they so desperately need.

With almost a fifth of 19-24-year-olds being classified as NEET we need to find a way of reaching them and showing them there are opportunities for training and employment within construction. By raising awareness of the industry we can help them to see...

Christine Townley talks about youth unemployment and how we can help

The CIPD reported recently that although companies know they have a role to play in tackling youth unemployment, a quarter have not employed anyone aged 16-24 in the last 12 months.

I am astonished that a whole generation of workers are being ignored and really concerned, not only for young people desperately trying to get work, but also for industries who are not investing in the workforce of tomorrow.

One of the greatest challenges for any industry is how to ensure they plan for the future, not only in terms of investment and growth but also securing the talent and skills...

Are Apprenticeships Letting Young People Down?

Christne Townley, Executive Director of the Trust talks on how the current approach to training is failing young people.

New research by the Local Government Association reveals that thousands of young people in England are becoming qualified for jobs that don't actually exist. The numbers of apprenticeships in areas such as hair and beauty workers, personal trainers and media professionals are soaring whilst not enough people are being trained in areas such as construction and building services, where there are jobs. The LGA is warning that this huge ‘skills mismatch...

Apprenticeship Success for Built2Work Trainees

Built2Work, an innovative Hackney-based construction training course, is celebrating the apprenticeship success of three young participants.

Two trainees have landed apprenticeships with local employer Hackney Homes and one with apprenticeship provider Reds10.

Built2Work is a free four-week introduction to construction course for young Hackney residents aged 16-25. A partnership between Woodberry Works, led by Manor House Development Trust, and Construction Youth Trust, the aim of the course is to give participants hands-on experience of a range of construction trades. This...

Apprenticeship Success for Built2Work Trainees

Built2Work, an innovative Hackney-based construction training course, is celebrating the apprenticeship success of three young participants.

Two trainees have landed apprenticeships with local employer Hackney Homes and one with apprenticeship provider Reds10.

Built2Work is a free four-week introduction to construction course for young Hackney residents aged 16-25. A partnership between Woodberry Works, led by Manor House Development Trust, and Construction Youth Trust, the aim of the course is to give participants hands-on experience of a range of construction trades. This...

Real Apprentice to Feature on BBC Radio 4

Construction Youth Trust's award winning Real Apprentice scheme is to feature in the upcoming BBC Radio 4 programme The Real Apprentice.

Journalist Jon Manel reports on the Construction Youth Trust programme that saw seven unemployed young people who weren't in education or employment participate in training, redeveloping two flats in their local community. The programme's winner Craig Simpson went on to successfully gain a two-year plumbing apprenticeship with Newport City Homes and the other participant s also secured employment as a result of the initiative.

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Bridging the Youth Unemployment Gap

Mears Group has appointed four young apprentices to work on their recently acquired Family Mosaic contract, following a successful joint venture between Islington Youth Offending Team (YOT) and Construction Youth Trust.

Commissioned by the Education, Training and Employment team within Islington's YOT, Construction Youth Trust developed a two-week construction-specific training programme. Aimed at bridging the transition between unemployment and full-time work, the programme delivered by London Construction Training taught practical construction work, soft skills training and...

Helping the Capital's youth

The Construction Youth Trust is helping youths access the construction job market by getting onto the London pre-apprenticeships programme.

Leading Construction charity, the Construction Youth Trust (CYT), is working with the ODA, Westfield and Lakehouse to ensure a pool of suitable, local apprentices are available to work on the Olympic site. To achieve this goal CYT is calling on young people (16-19) living in Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Newham who are interested in learning more about employment opportunities in construction to register for a free...

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