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Encouraging women into the maintenance trades

This week we launched the first free taster sessions for women interested in careers in building maintenance.

In partnership with Mears the first of these workshops were run in both Caerphilly and Nottingham with United Welsh and Nottingham City Homes. The aim was to provide a practical, inspiring and safe learning experience for women who wish to ‘have a go’ at a trade before deciding on whether to pursue a career in building maintenance.

The taster sessions consisted of practical training work in several trade skills like plumbing, joinery, and painting and...

Collins Construction invites Budding Builders students to live site

Twelve students from our current Budding Builders programme in Bermondsey visited International House located on St Katharine’s Way in the city of London

Construction Youth Trust recently visited International House hosted by Collins Construction . The event offered twelve young people from our Budding Builders an opportunity to receive a tour of the construction site and a chance to talk to members of their experienced project team about their role in the industry and how they got into their chosen career field.

The students were greeted by Project Director Duncan Redman,...

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...

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