On our Building Up programme, young people from Westminster got a taste of a career in carpentry!

The two day immersive Building Up programme, funded by the Westminster Foundation, is aimed at young people accessing homelessness services in the borough.

On the first day, participants developed their practical skills and tried their hand at carpentry, mentored by industry volunteers. Building planters is a tricky business involving lots of sawing to specific measurements, and during the demonstration our young people were slightly apprehensive about the task at hand.

However, once the group got stuck in and the planters began to take shape, their confidence and belief in their ability to accomplish the task grew. The group were incredibly proud of the final products, and all asked to take their planters with them at the end of the session.

“They performed very well in the task and were all very interested in what they were doing. It’s very good for young people to learn about working in the real world.” – an industry volunteer that helped with the practical project

The young people also visited Multiplex’s impressive live site, The Broadway. The young people were really inspired by seeing a construction project come to life, and it was a great demonstration of how the various roles they had been introduced to are applied in a real-life work context.

Day two focused on the young people’s next steps as we opened up the wide range of options available to them in industry. The young people received in-depth personalised advice and guidance in line with their interests and skills. Thanks to the success of the practical project and a newfound confidence in their own abilities, the young people already had more enthusiasm about their futures, whether that be an apprenticeship, college course or entering the world of work.

Following the two day programme we have been giving participants sustained career guidance, for example help with crafting a CV for applications. The Trust has also offered to pay for CSCS revision apps that will help in attaining a CSCS card, an essential qualification for a career in construction. For those particularly interested in industry careers, they will be referred onto our upcoming Budding Builders programme, a more intensive programme which will provide the young people with the training needed to take the Health & Safety Level 1 and CSCS card test. 

We are thrilled to say that one young person has already secured employment– with the aim of pursuing a career in carpentry in the future!

Trust members and industry volunteers were really impressed with the hard work and motivation of the young people on the programme. The practical project was a great way to build their confidence, widen their career aspirations and get them thinking about their next steps. We at the Trust are confident that, with our continued support, this young cohort will go on to achieve their goals for the future!