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Willmott Dixon Interiors 'Changing Lives' Project

Earlier this year, Willmott Dixon Interiors completely refurbished our Bermondsey Construction Training Centre, whilst offering a 3 week training programme to young people from recent courses.

Willmott Dixon Interiors are passionately committed to working with local communities. As such, each year they invest in a local community initiative that goes above and beyond project delivery requirements. This year, they set their management trainees the challenge to devise and execute a high impact community project that would help support local talent, promote careers in construction and...

Keiren earns Drylining Apprenticeship with Astins

Keiren started a Drylining apprenticeship with Astins this week having completed our Understanding Health & Safety Programme in June.

Keiren was first referred to the Trust by the Lewisham Youth Engagement team. Now a Greenwich resident, Keiren was keen to begin the course as it gave him the opportunity to learn basic construction skills as well as being able to work towards his CSCS card.

Keiren demonstrated a real interest and enthusiasm whilst on the programme, impressing his tutor with his industrious team spirit and courtesy. He successfully completed the Level 1...

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...

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