Tiyana is smashing down stereotypes as a Commercial Apprentice!

Tiyana first came across Construction Youth Trust in November 2018 when one of our Senior Programme Coordinators Wendy Heller gave an assembly at her school about the construction and built environment industry.

Beforehand, Tiyana had shared many of the common misconceptions about the sector – that it was boring, repetitive and labour intensive. However, Wendy’s talk opened her eyes to the wide range of opportunities available in the sector.

After hearing Wendy speak, Tiyana enrolled on one of our Budding Brunels courses. As well as gaining a fresh insight into the construction industry, through the course she was able to develop useful skills that are required for the working world. The students completed a range of varied activities – from industry networking to mock interviews to presenting their own designs to a panel of professional judges.

“I firmly believe in getting involved with Construction Youth Trust as they’ve supported me so much along my journey and hopefully can do the same for you.”

Tiyana was inspired by the ingenuity of architectural structures as well as the opportunity to have a positive impact by building for her local community and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations. By working with us, she learned that there are a range of different skills required and developed by working in construction. With Wendy as a mentor, Tiyana was also able to build her confidence to pursue a role in construction as a woman, in an industry that she had previously thought of as male-dominated and found intimidating.

After working with Construction Youth Trust, Tiyana has now begun her journey as a Commercial Apprentice, studying a BSc in Quantity Surveying and working for construction company Mace. Within months of beginning this role, she is very proud to have already been assigned to a residential project worth over a billion!