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Willmott Dixon Interiors volunteer inspires at Grosvenor’s Annual Summer Fete taster day

On Sunday the 4th of September, Mr Simeon Legood, a Surveyor with Willmott Dixon Interiors, volunteered with the Construction Youth Trust team Wendy and Pearl during a taster session at an annual community event hosted by Grosvenor Estate in the grounds of our Bermondsey Construction Training Centre in the heart of Southwark.

Funded by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), the taster session is part of a volunteer program designed to raise awareness of opportunities within the constructon industry .

Conveniently situated between a local waffle company and a coconut shy,...

Tesco Bags of Help Initiative

Construction Youth Trust calls out for votes to bag a share of a £12.5million carrier bag charge fund

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge.

Our Budding Builders Community Garden project in Wales has been shortlisted for the public vote in stores from 26th Sept - 9th October.

Bags of Help offers...

Eleven students graduate from Budding Builders course

Eleven students graduate from the Trust’s three week programme with Level 1 qualifications in Health and Safety.

The London team congratulates the latest cohort of students who completed the three week Budding Builders programme based at the Bermondsey Construction Training Centre. Out of twelve starters, eleven gained their OCN Level 1 qualification in Health and Safety with five also gaining the five year CSCS Labourer’s Card . With this card it will be possible for them to access entry-level positions in the construction industry and be able to pursue successful careers...

#ExperienceConstruction Campaign Launch

Our latest campaign #ExperienceConstruction has launched in partnership with Building Magazine Last week we launched the #ExperienceConstruction campaign with the aim of raising awareness of the value of work experience placements for young people.

To support the campaign and to encourage those in the industry to get on board, Building Magazine are featuring the campaign in their ‘back to school’ issue out right now, as well as hosting an online register with launch partner John Rowan and Partners, where construction companies can ‘pledge a placement’.

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Student Spotlight - Kelsey Tuffin

Kelsey Tuffin was awarded our Student of the Year at our recent Graduation Ceremony.

Kelsey Tuffin came to the Trust in April 2016, when she attended a Budding Builders course at the Bermondsey Training Centre where she earnt her CSCS card. Kelsey impressed us all with her work ethic and her skill as a joiner, and was invited back to Bermondsey as a volunteer to work with the next course.

JT Ellis Ltd work with Brookfield Multiplex at the Cartwright Gardens site, providing carpentry.

Kelsey began her placement with JT Ellis in May 2016, and worked as a carpenter, kitchen...

Taster session brings in candidates from all over London

Construction Youth Trust opened the doors of its Training Centre in Bermondsey to welcome 13 prospective students. 1st August 2016

We welcomed thirteen young men to a taster session at our revamped Bermondsey Construction Training Centre. Prospective students arrived from all over London including Hackney, Barking & Dagenham, Newham, and Lewisham. And some local Southwark residents attended, too.

This was the first group of students to set foot in the Training Centre since the Willmott Dixon Changing Lives Programme which took place over the summer. The programme has...

Work Experience at Construction Youth Trust

James Meredith (16 years old), experienced 1 week of work at Construction Youth Trust and below is an enthusiastic description of his time with us.

There was one feature that stood out for me whilst I was doing work experience at Construction Youth Trust, from meetings with prospective donors and teaching in the Budding Builders and Budding Brunels courses to each member of the Trust explaining what they do on a day to day basis: Passion. Everyone at Construction Youth Trust is ardently passionate about every aspect of their work, chiefly helping young people into the vast array of jobs...

Interview with Wendy Heller

A couple of weeks ago Mark Parker from I Live in SE16 popped over to our construction training centre in Bermondsey to have a look around and interview our amazing Training, Development and Curriculum Manager Wendy Heller. You can read the full interview below:

“It was really my mum being ripped off that got me into construction,” says Wendy Heller of Construction Youth Trust. “I was furious when I found she had paid out £50 to get a simple dripping tap fixed. That was her income for the week gone. I decided there and then to be able to do those everyday jobs...

Budding Builders Graduation 2016

We were joined by Neil Coyle MP and Deputy Mayor Cllr Charlie Smith to celebrate the graduation of our students in Bermondsey.

It was an emotional and exciting day at the Construction Youth Trust Training Centre last Friday 29th July, as 20 students from the ‘Budding Builders’ course attended their graduation.

Having completed multi-skilled courses in the construction trades, the students aged between 16–26 years were awarded their certificates by the Deputy Mayor of Southwark Councillor Charlie Smith.

Along with many friends and family of the students,...

Construction Youth Trust inspired hundreds of young people at The Mayor's Newham Show

With five trades to choose from and the support of four volunteers from the industry, the Construction Youth Trust stall formed one of of the most popular attractions for young people, their parents and carers at this year's Mayor Newham Show.

With superb weather throughout the weekend, hundreds of families and young people found their way to Newham Council's Building Futures tent where Construction Youth Trust treated visitors to taster sessions in carpentry, painting, tiling, brickwork and plumbing. These activities were commissioned by the London Borough of Newham with funding...

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