#Inmybackyard – championing community with The Curve

In partnership with Central London Forward (CLF) Construction Careers, we ran a fun filled 5 day DIY course at The Curve community centre.

The aim of the partnership is to introduce young people to construction careers through a practical project that benefits their community. For young people who have little to no experience of the modern construction and built environment industry, it can be easy for them to discount the sector as not for them and miss the many opportunities open to them. Embedding the project within their local community, in a fun and relaxed way on their turf, we are able to gently widen young people’s career horizons and introduce them to local opportunities within our sector.

Centering on improving the outside space at The Curve Community centre in the  Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, our participants collaboratively worked together to build a new bench and a set of bird houses. The idea was to construct items that would benefit a wide range of The Curve’s users. The bench allows anyone to enjoy a spot of summer sun, with the bird houses adding to the nature studies of the primary school aged youth group.  

Throughout the course, the participants were encouraged to explore their teamwork skills, taking the time to find out about their fellow course mates and how their skills might complement each other to complete their practical projects. The participants were encouraged to recognise and celebrate their accomplishments across the 5 days, whether that be arriving on time at the centre or completing a practical project to a high standard. We feel it’s important for all young people to have the space to reflect positively upon themselves and acknowledge their individual skill sets. It can be hard picturing yourself in any kind of career if you don’t think you have the ability to achieve it.  

Following the end of the programme the team signposted the participants across to Construction Careers for employability skills development. Construction Careers is a Central London Forward programme which is funded by eight London boroughs. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming these fantastic young people on to one of our longer courses helping them gain a CSCS card and supporting them into their desired industry careers.