We have secured funding from the London Community Response Fund’s ‘Delivering Differently’ grant for 30 laptops, along with data packages and dongles, for our young people, ensuring that we are able to continue to provide support to young people who need it most!
In recent months we’ve been adapting our delivery, creating a suite of 10 e-learning resources that provide our young people with employability support and industry networking opportunities. The new laptops will be loaned to young people enrolled on our targeted support who have been previously unable to access remote resources, enabling them to engage in our online careers sessions.
The funding also covers 5 Zoom webinar accounts for Trust staff, which will support us in our online delivery. The webinar function enables us to create even more engaging and interactive sessions through the use of live polls and Q&A functions.
"The Westminster Foundation were delighted to give this grant to Construction Youth Trust as part of the London Community Response Fund. Our Foundation is focussed on helping provide opportunities for children and young people who need them. Sadly, COVID-19 will have a significant impact on young people on the verge of entering into employment, so the work that Construction Youth Trust are doing to support young people gain new skills throughout this period is more important than ever." Kate Brown, Director of Westminster Foundation
For those young people aiming to gain their CSCS card, we will also be running 10 online CSCS revision webinars. In the current climate, due to lockdown in the UK, test centres were shut and many of our young people have had their tests postponed. These refresher revision webinars will be an invaluable resource to help us maintain the knowledge levels of our young people, keeping up momentum for when they are able to take their tests.
Alongside the practical resources, young people will be signposted to resources and enrolled on programmes related to their individual wellbeing needs, in order to tackle the isolation and lack of wide support networks that many of our young people are currently facing at this time. These resources will vary from specific wellbeing programmes to IT literacy, to ensure young people are equipped with the skills they need to fully access the Trust’s programmes.
Thanks to the London Community Response Fund we are able to respond effectively to the additional needs of our young people during the current climate. During what has been a transformative few months for our delivery, we are determined that as many young people as possible will be able to engage with our programmes.