News & events

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...

HRH The Duke of Gloucester

Royal Visit to Battersea Power Station

Patron of Construction Youth Trust His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visits the Battersea Power Station development to meet students and supporters of the Trust.

Construction Youth Trust’s Chairman, Andy Wates, and CEO, Carol Lynch, were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to the Battersea Power Station site in Central London to visit the ‘Budding Brunels’ education and training project. The initiative is funded by the Mace Foundation, which is also the Principal Construction Manager on the scheme. Whilst visiting, HRH The Duke of...

Maria shares her journey into architecture

Recently, a student named Maria* attended our Budding Brunels course in partnership with Canary Wharf Contractors. Following the course, she was offered a work placement at Aros Architects. Below you can read Maria's blog about how the experience helped her not only improve her employability skills but also build up her confidence:

"I first heard about Construction Youth Trust when they delivered an assembly at my school regarding the range of career opportunities available within the construction industry. I decided to attend their 3-day Budding Brunels workshop as I thought it...

Celebrating the fifth year of Introduction to Property Development

On the 27th March, the 2018 edition of the Introduction to Property Development programme came to a head, with two schools presenting their plans for the 21, Moorfields development to a panel of industry Dragons.

Now in its fifth year, the Introduction to Property Development programme sees Construction Youth Trust and LandSec partner to work with two teams of students from Westminster City School and Pimlico Academy. The programme aims to challenge students’ perception of the construction industry and introduce them to a variety of professional careers in the property...

Lauren's blog: Challenging misconceptions around construction

Recently we delivered a Budding Brunels course in partnership with Scape Group and Wates Group to inspire young people in Derby about career opportunities available to them in the construction industry.

Lauren is one of the brilliant students who attended the course and below you can read her blog:

Construction is a word not usually associated with highly paid jobs and aspirational prospects. In fact, for many of us bricklaying is our instinctive response when asked about construction. Thanks to Construction Youth Trust, I know now this could not be further from the truth....

RBKC: Inspiring young people about careers that shape the world

A new programme is being launched in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to inspire sixth form students to consider a career in construction, the industry that touches every aspect of our daily lives and gives young people the opportunity to build and shape the world around us.

The construction industry’s youth charity, Construction Youth Trust, has joined forces with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to persuade the borough’s young talent to consider becoming tomorrow’s engineers, architects, surveyors and construction managers. The modern construction...

Blog: Designing my future

As part of our partnership with Scape, we delivered a Budding Brunels course with G F Tomlinson to excite young people in Nottingham about careers available to them in the construction industry.

Budding Brunels is an Open College Network London (OCN) accredited course that gives young people from a variety of backgrounds an insight into the Built Environment and provides industry-led careers advice from professionals in the field.

Following the course , we facilitated 6 work placements and o ne of our brilliant students, Imogen, after her work placement at Lungfish Architects,...

Katelynd’s work placement journey with Lendlease

Katelynd was one of 25 students who attended a Lendlease focussed Budding Brunels workshop in November, tailored around their Elephant Park development in Southwark.

Over three days the students engaged in activities designed to heighten their awareness of professional roles within the construction industry and completed tasks to enhance the soft skills employers look for when hiring. Having excelled on the workshop, Katelynd was offered a civil engineering work placement to further enthuse and inform her about the industry. Here you can read about Katelynd’s work placement journey...