Ten students complete three week Budding Builders course

Staff at Construction Youth Trust were delighted to congratulate ten students from Lambeth and Wandsworth upon their completion of our three week Budding Builders course.

Ten students were presented with certificates upon their completion of Construction Youth Trust’s three week Budding Builders Carpentry programme. All ten of them achieved a Level 1 Open College Network accredited qualification in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment, which will enable them to gain CSCS cards and go into employment in the construction industry.

The students all came from Lambeth and Wandsworth boroughs, having been sourced and screened by Lambeth Working and Wandsworth Workmatch. Having attended a Taster Session with Construction Youth Trust, a cohort was selected to participate in the full Level 1 course.

During the course the students visited a live construction site, in order to give them a better idea of what their working life could be like. They were also visited by representatives from the DWP, including Lorna Burley, the Construction Manager for Lambeth Working.

The students put their carpentry skills to the test by working together to create a bespoke ‘mini-library’ for Grosvenor Estate. This will be set up in a public space in Bermondsey, with a view to encourage the community to swap and share books. All stakeholders involved were extremely impressed with what the students had managed to achieve after only nine days, especially as many had never tried their hand at carpentry before. All felt confident enough to book their CSCS tests that same day, and so far eight have been awarded their five year labouring cards.

The Challenge:

Young people often lack the confidence, skills and qualifications to access employment in the construction industry.

The Construction Youth Trust aims to help young people to access employment opportunities in the built environment. Young people who struggle academically can find it difficult to make the transition between education and employment. The young people targeted by the Trust often have turbulent lives; they may be care leavers, ex-offenders or long-term NEET (not in education, employment or training). Long-term unemployment can have a devastating effect on young people’s mental health, decreasing confidence and self esteem. Negative self-perception can prevent young people from accessing training and employment opportunities and lead them into a spiral of long-term unemployment, lacking the both the qualifications and the experience to attain work.

The Response:

Construction Youth Trust aims to break this cycle by offering practical construction training and accredited, industry-led qualifications. By working with employment brokerages like Lambeth Working and Wandsworth Workmatch, we are able to fast track course completers into work placements at some of the biggest developments in their local areas, such as Battersea Power Station and the Vauxhall Nine Elms Project. This is a step towards bridging the gap between youth unemployment and the booming construction industry in London.
With the Level 1 Health and Safety qualification, course completers are able to attain a five year CSCS Labourer’s card which will allow them to work on sites. Our aim is to break the cycle of unemployment by offering demand-led skills, training and work experience which will give young people a real start in the construction industry.

The Results:

Ten young people completed a three week course in practical Carpentry, learning new skills and boosting their confidence. They all achieved the Level 1 Health and Safety in a Construction Environment qualification and so far eight have successfully passed their CSCS tests. Two have been offered apprenticeships and four have signed up for agency work. Three students were invited to attend a fully funded weekend leadership and employability course. We wish all of the students the best of luck in their endeavours, and have no doubt they will go on to achieve their potential.

“Another successful Budding Builders course delivered by our London Team. I was delighted to hear about the excellent outcomes achieved by our young people including passing their construction related courses, progressing into high quality work placements and also continuing their further education in their chosen trades. Our ambition is that all participants will end up in sustainable employment in their chosen construction.” – Vic Grimes, Operations Director at Construction Youth Trust

“I think that the taster day was a fantastic opportunity for young people to see what the course is about. The trainer is engaging and really motivates the potential candidates and gets them enthused for upcoming course. The course itself is a fantastic model to keep young people engaged and enthusiastic and I would definitely recommend it as a superior alternative to standard classroom based learning.” – Helen McShane, Employment

Construction Youth Trust is running the Construction Skills course on a regular basis and welcomes young people from all London boroughs who are currently looking to gain a CSCS card, and find employment or training.

Contact the London team:
T 0207 467 954
E london@constructionyouth.org.uk

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