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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...

Galliford Try welcome Construction Youth Trust to their Kings House site

Galliford Try’s Open Doors project invites Construction Youth Trust students to their Kings House site in Hammersmith. Twelve students from Construction Youth Trust’s current Budding Builders construction training programme in Bermondsey visited a new-build commercial development in Hammersmith.

Construction Youth Trust recently visited a new site in Hammersmith hosted by Galliford Try. The event offered twelve young people 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...

Construction Youth Trust congratulates ten successful students!

Ten students graduate from the Trust’s three week Budding Builders 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 Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre in Camden. Out of twelve starters, ten 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...

Building Bridges in Blaenau Gwent / Adeiladu Pontydd ym Mlaenau Gwent

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We have been working with 12 young people from the South Ebbw Fach Valley on a project in the Abertillery area of Blaenau Gwent constructing a bridge on the Ebbw Fach trail in the heart of the Welsh countryside. The young people have been involved in ground clearance and the construction of a bridge over a small river which feeds a local reservoir in the Cwmtillery Valley. The young people started the course on the 10th May with a site visit to the construction area to get an idea of the scale of work involved.

Over the last couple of...

Construction Youth Trust Win Share of NatWest’s £2.5m Skills Fund

Construction Youth Trust's Budding Builders programme is one of the six London community projects that will receive a share of NatWest’s £2.5m Skills & Opportunities Fund.

Last year, NatWest gave away £2.5m in grants to community projects across the UK and Ireland through their newly launched Skills & Opportunities Fund and are set to do the same this year. Across the nation, a total of 911 organisations put forward applications for the first round of funding this year; 90 of these were short-listed to go to a public vote, and over 30,000 votes have now...

Mobile Classroom taster session success

Construction Youth Trust opened the doors of its Mobile Classroom in Kings Cross to welcome 11 prospective students.

We welcomed eleven young men to a taster session introducing them to our mobile classroom based at the Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre. The potential starters all came from the borough of Camden and the neighboring boroughs Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea with a view to beginning the course on the 1st of June.

After a warm welcome from the team, the new recruits were given an introduction to the Budding Builders programme and what they can expect from...

Volunteering at the Trust / Gwirfoddoli yn yr Ymddiriedolaeth

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Last week we were lucky enough to be visited at our training centre in Bermondsey by three volunteer Structural Engineers from AECOM, Jack, David and Kim. They presented to the students about the projects AECOM had worked on, their own roles in the company and finally the routes the students themselves could take into Engineering. The students were so impressed that they returned the favour! The volunteers were suited up and joined Pearl and her class in the workshop for a crash course in tiling. Feedback was positive all round and we’d...

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