News & events

Tiyana is smashing down stereotypes as a Commercial Apprentice!

Tiyana first came across Construction Youth Trust in November 2018 when one of our Senior Programme Coordinators Wendy Heller gave an assembly at her school about the construction and built environment industry.

Beforehand, Tiyana had shared many of the common misconceptions about the sector – that it was boring, repetitive and labour intensive. However, Wendy’s talk opened her eyes to the wide range of opportunities available in the sector.

After hearing Wendy speak, Tiyana enrolled on one of our Budding Brunels courses. As well as gaining a fresh insight into...

Catching up with Nelson, 2 years on.

Nelson found out about Construction Youth Trust when our team came to his school in 2017 to give a presentation about the wide range of opportunities available in the construction and built environment sector.

When he came to us he was already enthusiastic about design and had an interest in Architecture as a career, but he wanted to learn more and develop the skills necessary to pursue this passion.

“I would like to use this chance to say a massive thank you to Construction Youth Trust as they have supported me continuously throughout the 2 year period that I have known them...

Our Budding Brunels have hit the ground running ready for the first school term!

Budding Brunels is a three day immersive employer-led course, aimed at engaging students in years 12 and 13 who are interested in finding out more about professional careers in the construction and built environment sector.

Already this term, we have partnered with TFL, Argent and Canary Wharf Contractors to give our Budding Brunels an insight into the industry and we are looking forward to partnering with Sir Robert McAlpine and Lendlease later this month.

The Budding Brunels course is interactive. As well as learning about the industry on-the-ground through live site tours,...

Budding Brunels alumni Samina is smashing the stereotype as an Assistant Site Manager!

Samina is one of our Budding Brunels alumni and now works as an Assistant Site Manager for Galliard Homes.

Affectionately known as 'The Rotteweiler' onsite, Samina is currently the youngest and only female site manager out of a team of 7 site managers.

We caught up with her to see how her Budding Brunels experience had helped her get to where she is now and find out more about why she has decided to return to the Trust as one of our industry volunteers.


Mimi tries on the role of Project Director for size!

There's no better way for young people to really understand and get to grips with an industry career than being able to try it on for size themselves.

Throughout the year we help place young people on work experience placements with our industry partners so they can explore the many different careers available in construction and the built environment. The placements typically last a week with an industry professional (or professionals!) mentoring our young people, inviting them into their daily work life and giving them first hand exposure to the complex and exciting world of...

A triumphant end to the Scape Budding Brunels programme

Over the past two years we’ve been delighted to partner with Scape to work together to inspire young people about the incredible breadth of professional careers within construction and the built environment.

Thanks to Scape’s generosity we have been able to run 6 Budding Brunels courses, the last of which was hosted by Wates Group and focused on the Nottingham College new City Hub campus project. Budding Brunels offers an immersive insight into professional construction careers. Following an inspirational visit to the new Nottingham College City Hub site the students formed...

St James at White City Living hosts first Budding Brunels Workshop

Last month, St James, part of the Berkeley Group, joined forces with Construction Youth Trust and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to deliver a three day ‘Budding Brunels’ career advice and guidance workshop at White City Living for two local schools: Hammersmith Academy and Fulham Enterprise Studios. White City Living is part of the £8 billion regeneration of the White City Opportunity Area.

Created by Construction Youth Trust, the Budding Brunels programme, funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, targets a diverse demographic of young people to help introduce them...

Budding Brunels Student Aesha secures Degree Apprenticeship

This month, the Trust was happy to hear from a recent Budding Brunels student, Aesha, who gave us the news that she has been accepted onto a Degree Apprenticeship in the field of Civil Engineering.

We first met Aesha last year, as she attended a Budding Brunels course we ran in conjunction with Network Rail. On the course, Aesha took part in a number of activities including a bridge building practical, a speed networking event with industry professionals, and a site visit to the Intercity Express Programme works site at Paddington Station.

Throughout the course, Aesha...

Our Budding Brunels visit Skanska's K1 project in Knightsbridge

This month, the Trust partnered with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Skanska to deliver another Budding Brunels course. The aim of this course was to inspire the Borough’s talented sixth formers to consider becoming tomorrow’s architects, engineers, surveyors, and project managers.

Over the three-day course, the 18 students from Chelsea Academy, Kensington Aldridge Academy, Kensington & Chelsea College, and Cardinal Vaughan Memorial were given insights in to the modern methods of construction and given a behind-the-scenes tour of the K1 project in...

My Work Experience Week at the Construction Youth Trust - William Meredith

I was privileged enough during my week of work experience at the Construction Youth Trust to gain an insight into all the amazing work that they do here.

On my first day I was taken round Battersea Power Station, a truly awe-inspiring building site not only because of its immense size but also because of its impact upon the local community, along with the rest of the cohort of Budding Brunels, of which I was a part. Meeting the Trust’s patron the Duke of Gloucester was an added bonus. Deavon, Naomi and Charlene were all superb instructors, and over the course of the day I learned a...