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Budding Brunels Case Study: Nawaal Abdalla-Omar

Nawaal took part in a recent Budding Brunels course and was offered a work placement with Taylor Woodrow. In her words, here's her story:


Budding Brunels , a project run by Construction Youth Trust, gave me the fantastic opportunity for a weeks’ work experience with Taylor Woodrow at the Old Oak Depot earlier this term.

Pre-Work Experience

Before my placement started I needed to first research the company so I’d have a better understanding of what they are about. What I found was that they are a company who are owned by a large firm called...

#NotJustForBoys Workshop

International Women’s Day provided the perfect backdrop for our first #notjustforboys workshop. The workshop took place in Villiers High School, Southall, and was the final in a series of sessions run with the Year 10 cohort in partnership with the National Careers Service.

Twenty-three young women took part, alongside eight female role-models from the industry. Volunteers represented specialisms as diverse as Architecture, Civil Engineering, Planning, Procurement and Quantity Surveying.

Two fun-filled hours saw participants interview role models to add to their...

Celebrating the first 6 months of #notjustforboys

On International Women's Day 2016 here's what we've been doing to encourage women into careers in the construction industry in the past 6 months!

Watch our amazing video to celebrate International Women's Day 2016

Stacey Clifford, a Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Scheme winner in 2012 was invited by the UN to an Experts Group Meeting, along with a panel of 14 others to provide feedback on a project proposal by UN Habitat for encouraging women into the construction industry.

Stacey was specifically chosen in order to represent a young...

Awards winner visits the UN

At the Duke Of Gloucester Young Achiever’s Scheme Awards 2012, Stacey Clifford won both the Engineering Award, and the coveted Overall Winner Award. As a result, she was featured in the 2014 Building the Future - Women in Construction report published by the Smith Institute.

In December last year, Stacey received a curious email out of the blue inviting her to the UN in Kenya. As a result of being featured in the report, Stacey had been invited to an Experts Group Meeting along with a panel of 14 others to provide feedback on a project proposal by UN Habitat for encouraging...

Thank you and Goodnight

Today is a very sad day at the Trust as the fabulous Nicola Mason is leaving us for pastures new.

Nicola has always been an inspiration with her level of hard work and passion. Her dedication to the young people she works with on a daily basis is unrivalled - they are always her top priority with their progression and well-being constantly as the focus of her work.

Some of her achievements include leading on the delivery of a two year project for Camden residents, wherein 8 cohorts of young people had the opportunity to access her excellent careers advice and practical...

Not Just For Boys - Ash's Story

Ash was first introduced to the Trust in Nov 2015, when we were recruiting for our Women’s-only cohort at Kings Cross Construction.

She attended an information session at New Horizon Youth Centre and signed up for our course. Unfortunately, she couldn’t complete the women’s-only course due to housing difficulties. The Trust kept in contact with her and when her housing stabilised we placed her on a course in Jan 2016.

Ash’s experience with Construction Youth Trust

Ash took part in a 3 week carpentry course taking place in Kilburn...

Female Trainees

Female Trainees support West Hampstead Women’s Centre

Female Camden residents take part in a Budding Builders carpentry course at Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre

After four weeks of training, three Camden women have successfully completed a Budding Builders Carpentry course. During their time with the Trust trainees gained an OCN London Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment. Alongside the theory work the trainees had an opportunity to expand their practical skills by participating in a carpentry workshop. They crafted a 4-joint frame and built a planter-seat for a local Camden charity; the planter-seat was donated to...

Brooke Hills

Land Securities Community Employment Programme Awards 2015

We are very proud to announce that Brooke Hills, a past student from the Budding Builders course has been shortlisted for, and will be attending the Land Securities Community Employment Programme Awards today.

The awards are to recognise the success of young people getting into employment, with continued qualified training – overcoming substantial barriers to transform their lives.

Brooke, who is currently undertaking an apprenticeship with Bam Nuttall, came to us with an interest in construction, but hadn’t had much experience in the industry. Taking part in...

Thank you and Goodnight

Mark the day in the calendar, for today we bid farewell to our friend and colleague Katie Letchfield [Business Development and Volunteer Coordinator- we were going to go with a longer title] who is leaving the Trust after just over two amazing years.

Katie has achieved so much during her time at the Trust, from helping to shape our corporate engagement strategy, to helping to find volunteers for our programmes - probably all while arranging a food tasting for an event we are hosting; and naturally, with a smile and the classic Letchfield positive solution focus!

Katie of...

Read our latest Budding Brunels interview - Architect

Sanaa is an Architect - Read her story:

This month in our Budding Brunels newsletter we are talking to Sanaa Shaikh. Sanaa is an Architect at MAKE Architects in London. Read on to find out what she has done to get to this stage and her advice to her 16-year-old self.

Tell us about your position:

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

What I do daily can differ hugely. Some days I might be on site with builders inspecting their work, other days I might be making physical or computer models, or involved in workshops with other...