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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,...

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...

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...

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...

Read our latest Budding Brunels Professional Interview - Mechanical Services Engineer

Chelsie is a Mechanical Services Engineer - Read her story:

This month's interview is with Chelsie Hedges who is a Mechanical Services Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services. Read about her day to day responsibilities, how she got there and the not so helpful 'advice' that has spurred her on.

Tell us about yourself:

Who are you, what’s your job, and what company do you work for?

My name’s Chelsie Hedges and I’m a Mechanical Services Engineer at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services.

Tell us about your position:

What do you do...

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