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Introducing women to opportunities in Building Repairs & Maintenance

Last week we ran a free workshop with Mears which aimed to inspire more women into the trades.

Last Friday women from across London attended a free ‘trade’ taster workshop focused on Repairs & Maintenance and organised by Mears Group, the leading provider of maintenance services to social housing, working in partnership with Construction Youth Trust.

After the success of the first two workshops last year in Nottingham and Cardiff, a third Taster Day was held at the Construction Youth Trust, Training Centre in Bermondsey last week.

The series of workshops...

women in maintenance

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...

#notjustforboys break out session goes down a storm at the Construction Industry Summit

Sophie Walker joins expert panel to discuss new Smith Institute ‘#notjustforboys: Women in Construction’ report at Construction Industry Summit

We have had a fantastic couple of days at the Construction Industry Summit this week, where the Trust has been Education Partner.

The highlight of day two was our #notjustforboys breakout session which saw a packed room enjoying a lively and passionate panel discussion, which included Sophie Walker, leader of Women’s Equality Party; Terrie Alafat from CIOH; Phil Wang; Anne McNamara from Shine & Victoria Brambini...

We're in the New Statesman

The latest New Statesman is out this week, and it includes a housing supplement which we are proud to have contributed towards with a piece on the #notjustforboys campaign.

The 'Spotlight' supplement is a comprehensive and definitive report designed to inform the magazine's influential readership on housing; a huge strand of this looking into the future of construction; highlighting current issues in the sector and discussing potential solutions.

With our logo on the front cover, and the editorial opinion piece from Christine on page 2, the content sits alongside other...

#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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#notjustforboys by the only Wang on the panel

The following guest blog post has been written by Phil Wang - comedian, engineer and one of our amazing panelists from the upcoming #notjustforboys breakout session at the Construction Industry Summit .

I studied Engineering at Cambridge University for four years, and the top mark in our first year was won by a girl. I stopped paying attention to the league table after that (because I discovered comedy – which involved a lot more self-gratification, and a lot less trigonometry), but I think she may even have claimed the title two or three more times.

Throughout my school...

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...

#notjustforboys at the Construction Industry Summit

We are proud to be hosting a #notjustforboys break out session at the Construction Industry Summit next month.

We are very excited to have been named as Education Partner and are hosting a key break out session at the Construction Industry Summit in London on 21st September. The event will form part of the activity for the our hugely successful #notjustforboys campaign which was launched last year and challenges the misconception that construction careers are aimed only at men.

The campaign has got young people talking about which careers are best for them and actively encourages...

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,...

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