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Celebrate National Women in Engineering Day

#nwed #notjustforboys

Celebrate national women in engineering day - tell your stories on twitter, facebook and instagram and help to inspire the next generation of women into the industry. Christine Townley, chief executive of Construction Youth Trust says

The variety of opportunity and exciting nature of the industry must be communicated to young women from all backgrounds if we are to build a sustainable, vibrant and problem-solving industry - if we do not bring talented young men AND women into the industry we risk losing half the thinking!

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Read about the Future of Construction and see the Trust's new ad campaign

The Trust's new adverting campaign features on the Front page of Future of Construction, a report published by Raconteur in the Sunday Times on June 14th 2015

Download the full report here - and read about how skills, supporting talent and recruitment, diversity, sustainability and the image of construction are all areas the industry is addressing and must continue to address if the UK is to build and sustain a construction industry fit for the 21st century.

Wring in the report, Alison Coleman suggests the industry has an up-hill struggle to change a negative public...

Watch our new video to find out more about how we support the next generation into construction

Find out more about the work of the Trust from the young people we work with themselves. Hear the stories of Budding Builders Christian and Perry and join our Budding Brunels as they enjoy a Crossrail site visit.

Christian said of his time on the Budding Builders Course:

...it completely changed my life...if I hadn't have come here I wouldn't have any idea I was good at carpentry or tiling

Watch our new video here and find out more about the Trust - Please support our valuable work...

Former Trustee David Bucknall dies age 76

We are sad to hear about the news of the death of our former trustee David Bucknall, OBE, who died earlier this week aged 76.

David was a leading figure in the construction industry running property and construction practice Rider Levett Bucknall for over 50 years. Some of his more famous contributions to the world of construction included the Birmingham Symphony Hall International Convention Centre and his involvement in the restoration of Windsor Castle following the 1992 fire.

Christine Townley, Executive Director said:

we were terribly sad to hear about David...

Read Christine Townley's article in Infrastructure Intelligence

Our Exexutive Director Christine Townley makes the case for widening the availability of skills advice and guidence to be representative of an industry and a diverse society.

Christine comments on the need to engage with young men and women in schools to help build an industry fit for the 21st century. The Trust's industry-leading Budding Brunels programme works with schools and colleges to engage young people with the most inspirational people and places in the industry - providing accredited learning and work placements as a steer into the industry. Supported by industry...

Goodbye Jo and Karen!

We're sad to say goodbye today to our friends Karen Laheen and Jo Carr who leave us to go on to new adventures!

We'll always remember the fun times and know you will both look back with pride at what you accomplished at the Trust

You are both leaving the Trust in a better place for having worked with you - we'll miss you, and for everyone else, WATCH OUT!

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Welcome to our new website

Welcome to Construction Youth Trust’s new website. We hope you like it. We have completely changed the look and feel adding some exciting new features including; our great new careers pages for those who want to find out about careers in construction; a great story of the Trust-in-30-seconds, our team’s favourite buildings and more in the revamped Who we are pages; some wonderful case studies; and of course our shiny new Awards pages (don’t miss out on the last few tickets for this year’s Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme awards night – March 19th...

Delight as former Chairman Rod Bennion receives an OBE

The Trust is delighted hear the news that former Chairman, Rod Bennion, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

Rod was Chairman of the Trust for 12 years, only recently handing over the position to Andy Wates of Wates Construction Group in Spring 2014.

Rod sat on the board of Construction Youth Trust for 14 years and his work and dedication helped us to transform into one of the construction industry’s most effective recruiting vehicles, providing career pathways for thousands of disadvantaged young people and raising the profile of the sector...

LSBU students take part in Hackathon for the Trust

The Trust recently held a Hackathon event with partner London South Bank University (LSBU) to examine how we can make better use of digital technology.

The event was a chance to explore how the Trust can use digital technology to describe the impact we have on helping young people access employment opportunities. LSBU students from different disciplines were invited to participate in the Hackathon to encourage creativity and innovation, and were asked develop solutions and present their ideas to a panel of judges.

The winning team was Team Two with their idea to develop an...

HRH The Duke of Gloucester meets Birmingham’s Budding Builders

The Duke was able to see young people working on the final stage of a practical construction skills course, supported by Willmott Dixon, who have donated £5000 to enable the young people to learn new skills and refurbish the community centre.

The participants have had support from Trust Trainer, Oscar Liburd and Regional Manager, Angela Miller in learning construction skills, mentoring support from Willmott Dixon representatives, and have been working together to study for the CSCS health and safety test, a requirement to work on most sites.

Richard Freeman, regional...

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