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Chairman Andy Wates announces Carol Lynch as our new CEO

We’re delighted to announce Carol Lynch has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer.

Carol brings a wealth of experience from both the voluntary sector and the construction industry and will help us to build on our success and help more young people build better futures.

An engineer by training, Carol has worked on major construction projects, including the Channel Tunnel. After leaving engineering she worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years and is currently Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation. Previously Carol was Managing...

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...

Work Placement Success with Mace

Last month two sixth form students undertook a summer placement with Mace at the £400m redevelopment of the iconic BBC Television Centre in West London.

Ted was chosen from the Mace Budding Brunels project, whereas Mohamed was recruited from Fulham Enterprise Studio to replace another student who had dropped out.

Over the course of the 5 days, Ted and Mohamed were introduced to various areas of the business and experienced some of the many aspects of a construction project. Monday kicked off with a Health & Safety briefing and a site tour. The rest of the week saw the...

National Women in Engineering Day 2016 / Diwrnod Cenedlaethol Menywod mewn Peirianneg 2016

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To celebrate National Women In Engineering Day , we wanted to share the story of Marianna Mercado, an engineer who works for Network Rail. Please describe your current role:

SCADA Senior Project Engineer – I am responsible for ensuring that the Control and Monitoring System of the High Voltage Substations for Crossrail is designed, tested and built to the necessary requirements. I deal on a daily basis with a large number of stakeholders: designers, subcontractors, system commissioning parties and other major Network Rail Projects such...

Work experience programme builds & rewards confidence in young people

Confidence brings its rewards – Tufael Islam wins a drylining role after placement with Willmott-Dixon from our Routes Into Construction Programme

Following a successful work placement with Willmott-Dixon at their IPO site in Aldgate, Tufael Islam has accepted a job as a dryliner with Carnegie Drylining at the London Docks.

We were introduced to Tufael Islam at Hackney Jobcentre in February 2016. Tufael has a minor speech impediment, which has seriously affected his self-confidence. At the time he also struggled to be on time for appointments – he was over an hour late...

Joining Women who build Britain / Ymuno â Menywod sy’n Adeiladu Prydain

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Our Executive Director, Christine Townley joined leading women in construction on a panel this week to discuss the impact a possible Brexit would have on the industry.

Women Who Build Britain, organised by Shine Bid Services, hosted the debate at Bloomsbury House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A on 9th June; chaired by Sophie Walker with all ticket sales proceeds going to the Women's Equality Party.

Speakers at the event included: • Sophie Walker, Leader, Women’s Equality Party • Victoria Brambini, Interim Managing...

Bellway Homes raise over £14,000!

Last month Bellway Homes spent the day fundraising in their offices and sites across the UK in an effort to raise money for Construction Youth Trust for the second year running.

Enthusiastic employees took part in the ‘Tour De Bellway’ by cycling on static bikes with each division aiming to cycle 80 miles in a day. The winning office division, who completed the distance in the fastest time was the Group Head Office with a fantastic time of 2 hours: 42 minutes. In addition, staff members competed to find the Individual Sprint Champion in a 15 minute time trial, as well as the...

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...

Christine joins advisory panel hosted by UK Construction Week

The construction industry needs to adopt a factory mentality to overcome many of the challenges it now faces - and the government itself has a responsibility to help the sector attract more talent. So was the consensus, at a recent cross-industry advisory panel hosted by UK Construction Week , where Construction Youth Trust is a confirmed event partner.

Attended by leading figures across architecture, engineering, contracting and housebuilding, the lively debate sought to address the key issues facing the industry today – the skills shortage, diversity, the...

National Apprenticeship Week - Budding Brunels Alumni

As it's National Apprenticeship Week, we have been catching up with some past Budding Brunels students who have since moved into apprenticeships to hear how they are getting on.

Jack Reidy took part in a Budding Brunels programme back in 2013 when we partnered with Vinci. He is now undertaking a Train Maintenance apprenticeship with TFL.

Please can you tell us about your career to date and how you became interested in working in the construction sector?

I had just finished college at a UTC studying mechanical engineering, and my dad, who works at TFL, infleunced and...

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