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Southwark wood for Southwark community projects

A donation of Southwark felled wood has been transformed by our Budding Builders for Southwark primary schools.

Following the clearing of their Elephant Park development site, Lendlease found themselves with a number of felled trees. No one wanted the beautiful wood to go to waste, so it was decided that the wood would be donated to local charities and community organisations so that it could be repurposed and reinstated in its new forms back into the community. Lendlease worked closely with Lantern UK to facilitate the felling, milling and distribution of the wood.

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Collaboration with Centrepoint Works to provide industry qualifications for young people affected by homelessness.

The Trust has been delighted to work with Centrepoint Works to deliver our Budding Builders course, as part of the Centrepoint Works scheme.

Centrepoint Works, a course which is open to homeless, disadvantaged or unemployed young people in London, offers one-hundred hours of work experience, with lunch and travel provided. Trainees who complete the course are then better placed to go on to secure lasting employment.

We worked with a group of Centrepoint young people who wanted to further explore and prepare themselves for a career in industry. Over the eight days of the...

Newham reparation project

We recently joined forces with Newham Council to deliver the Newham reparation project and support young offenders

During the last 10 years, our work at Construction Youth Trust with young offenders has demonstrated an excellent track record of effective reparation. Our different projects aimed at preventing young people from committing further offences by increasing their understanding of potential career pathways and positive personal development. We achieve that by providing guidance and information about a range of training and career opportunities within the construction industry and...

Budding Builders - Case study: James

Budding Builders ex-student, James, is now undertaking an "earn whilst you learn" opportunity with Willmott Dixon and talks about his experience to current students

James, a young father of twins, started his working life in the retail sector and went on to work in Traffic Management on UK road networks. Being around the wrong people influences and as a result, getting arrested was a very big turn in his life. When his parents split up, it affected him and his siblings and he felt he needed to find a way to go on with his life and overcome those barriers.

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The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity joins forces with Construction Youth Trust

Twenty young people recruited across London participated in a collaborative construction learning project supported by The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, and led by Construction Youth Trust.

The core aim of the Lighthouse Learners Programme was to raise awareness of and develop career opportunities whilst supporting the young people to overcome barriers to access employment, training or apprenticeships in the industry.

Mr Bill Hill, Chief Executive of the Lighthouse Charity said “If just one of these young people makes it through the work experience and...

Announcing the Lighthouse Learner Project

Construction Youth Trust have joined forces with Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity who are funding ‘The Lighthouse Learner Project’ which will offer 20 young people to access training and employment opportunities in the construction industry.

The ‘Lighthouse Learners’ will join the Trust’s Budding Builders Programme , based out of our training centre in Bermondsey. The nine day course, set over three weeks will see the 20 Lighthouse Learners acquire their OCN London accredited Level 1 Award in ‘Health and Safety in a Construction Environment...

Another successful tradeswomen’s taster session in London

Last week we hosted a free workshop with Mears to inspire more women into the trades

On Friday 19th May, 15 women from London attended a free ‘trade’ taster workshop focused on Repairs & Maintenance and organised by Mears Group, the leading provider of maintenance services to social housing, working in partnership with Construction Youth Trust.

After the success of the first five workshops in Nottingham, Cardiff, London, Canterbury, and Manchester a second London Taster Day was held at the Construction Youth Trust Training Centre in Bermondsey last week.


Guest Blog from Victoria Brambini at Scape Procure

Women: the key to unlocking construction resources post-Brexit

This week we have a guest blog post from Victoria Brambini, Managing Director at Scape Procure.

Scape Group have been great supporters of the Trust over the past 12 months, specifically with the #notjustforboys campaign. Last year they supported the Trust by sponsoring the #notjustforboys: Women in Construction report with the Smith Institute, and Victoria Brambini was one of our expert panel at the #notjustforboys break-out session at the Construction Industry Summit.

In the following piece, Victoria...

Another successful tradeswomen’s taster session at the BeChange Centre in Canterbury

Construction Youth Trust, in partnership with Mears and CITB, hosted a building maintenance and repairs maintenance session for 9 local women.

Last week we welcomed nine women to a taster session at the BeChange Centre in Aylesham, Canterbury. The women arrived from all over Canterbury including Dover, Folkestone and Aylesham village itself.

The series of workshops around the UK aims to provide a practical and inspiring learning experience for women who wish to ‘have a go’ at a trade before deciding on whether to pursue a career in building maintenance.


Construction Youth Trust congratulates 25 successful students!

Last week we saw 25 students graduate from the Trust’s three week ‘Budding Builders’ programme.

The Budding Builders programme sees young people from across London attend the course at our Training Centre in Bermondsey for 3 days a week, for 3 weeks. During the course they are led by our Trainers, Wendy and Pearl, towards achieving their OCN London accredited Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, whilst learning basic practical construction skills. As part of the course they are also supported to revise for and earn their CSCS card which allows...