Helping the Capital's youth

The Construction Youth Trust is helping youths access the construction job market by getting onto the London pre-apprenticeships programme.

Leading Construction charity, the Construction Youth Trust (CYT), is working with the ODA, Westfield and Lakehouse to ensure a pool of suitable, local apprentices are available to work on the Olympic site. To achieve this goal CYT is calling on young people (16-19) living in Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Waltham Forest and Newham who are interested in learning more about employment opportunities in construction to register for a free construction training programme.  Courses will last a maximum of 5 days, and will take place in East London from 26th October onwards. All applicants will also be invited to attend an introduction to the course prior to the programme beginning.

The scheme has widespread support from some of the biggest companies in the industry such as Westfield and Lakehouse, and has been publicly supported by Olympic medal winning athlete Roger Black. Roger said ”“Whilst the eyes of the world will be fixed on London’s athletes during the 2012 Olympics, the unseen legacy of such a magnificent spectacle will be the thousands of training and employment opportunities that have been created for the capital’s young men and women. 

“This scheme better enables young people from those areas surrounding the Olympic site, many of which suffer from serious economic and social deprivation to access the wide variety of jobs such an ambitious construction project creates, as well as teaching them vital skills for their future. The programme improves the literacy, numerical and interview skills of those involved, and provides the stepping stone for participants to attain the apprenticeships that are so vital for a young person setting out on a career in the construction industry.”     

The young people who take part will each be individually assessed by a trainer and placed on the most beneficial course for their needs.  Those taking part in the training, provided free of charge, will also be able to apply for a travel bursary to help with costs.   

Khazar Hayat, London Coordinator at Construction Youth Trust feels strongly about the scheme. He said “We at the Trust want to make sure as many young people as possible are made aware of this exciting opportunity. We want to open the doors to construction to the young people who will be living with the legacy of the Olympics for many years to come”

Anyone interested in this scheme should call Stuart at CYT on 0207 227 4562

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Notes to editors

1) CYT achieves its goals by undertaking a number of programmes ranging from individual bursaries to construction skills courses, and from work placement schemes to guidance sessions. By helping individuals to gain training and employment the Trust’s work effectively tackles social exclusion and related disadvantage. www.constructionyouth.org.uk

2) Training will take place in East London, at Westfield Training Centre in Stratford, and in Docklands. Both venues are easily accessible by public transport.

3) Set Solutions are the firm contracted to deliver the training scheme, and will host part of the training at training centre at Crossharbour.

4) Westfield have also offered to host interviews, site visits and part of the training at their new development in Stratford.

5) The Press are invited to observe and photograph the first day of training which shall be on Monday 26th October at Westfield site, Stratford. For more info on times/locations please call Stuart Davis 0207 227 4562.

6) Khazar Hayat, London Coordinator at Construction Youth Trust will be available for interview on 0207 227 4562.