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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...

A big night for the Trust at WICAwards 2015!

The 26th of March was a great night for women in construction as the annual Women In Construction Awards event celebrated the achievements of professional women who continue to inspire within the construction industry through their outstanding work. The event was particularly special for the Trust, as not only we were Charity of the night, but our Executive Director Christine Townley was also awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the category of Outstanding Woman in Construction!

The event was hosted by award winning comedian, actor and writer Katy Brand who warmed up the crowd...

Celebrating international women's day

One year ago we launched Building the Future: Celebrating women in construction in partnership with the Smith institute and supported by CITB and Wates giving. A call for both a celebration of those individuals, companies and policies which have enabled more women to enter the industry as much as a call for change of those attitudes and barriers which still make it an industry dominated by white men.

The report garnered much attention at the time and one year on we have made some changes ourselves which have seen us improve the quota of young women on our courses and progressing...

Celebrating Women in Construction

We recently spoke to Oi Ki Cheung, a project engineer passionate about encouraging more young people into the sector.

Oi Ki Cheung is just where she wants to be – a Network Rail project engineer on Crossrail, the £16 billion, 73 mile rail project linking Maidenhead in Berkshire with Shenfield, Essex when it opens in 2019, via six Central London Underground stations on the way. It’s Europe’s largest infrastructure project, and Oi Ki is a civil engineer on the new dive under (or underpass) at Acton Freight Yard, an important section of Crossrail West....

Women can solve construction’s skills shortage

The report was commissioned by the Trust as we simultaneously launch a year-long drive celebrating the achievements of prominent women in the sector and urging industry leaders to inspire more young women to follow their lead.

The Trust’s female-focused drive – under the banner Celebrating Women in Construction – is a constructive and positive response to the Smith report, Building the future: women in construction, which shows women to be woefully under-represented in the construction industry, accounting for only 11 percent of construction workers and just 1...

Are we doing enough to help women into the construction industry?

Women currently only make up 9% of the industry's workforce and it is important that we do more to welcome into careers in the built environment in the future and ensure this percentage rises.

Although not every role in the trades will appeal to women it is important that we give them access to a range of different jobs and ensure they are aware of the opportunities the industry offer. By not doing so we are missing out on some potential stars and young women are missing out on what could be exciting careers for them.

We recently held our annual Duke of...

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