Young Londoners give back to their local community through a practical construction project!

This month, young people on our Constructing Communities programme, funded by the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund, developed their practical carpentry skills and gave back to their community at Stepney City Farm.

Through the practical project the young men not only discovered more about construction careers, they also engaged positively with their community by building a bench for Stepney City Farm, leaving a lasting legacy for their local area.

The Constructing Communities programme, aimed at young people not in education, employment or training who are unsure of their next steps, takes a holistic approach to supporting young people. The hands on experience gained during the Skills Bus activity is situated within a wider scheme of mentoring and employability support.

Participants have already taken part in our Level 1 Health & Safety and CSCS card online training, and are currently being supported through their revision for the tests. Gaining these qualifications is an essential stepping stone to entering a construction career and will help the young people stand out to employers while applying to jobs.

Earlier this month, young people on the programme also took part in an online Apprentices Q&A session, in which they were able to ask live questions to a current apprentice and discover more about this route into a career.

We look forward to continuing to work with this impressive group of young people to equip them with the skills and experience they need to make empowered choices about their futures. Over the coming year, participants will take part in online and face-to-face activities and engagements that will give them the opportunity to build their skills, engage with employers and experience the world of work to widen their career horizons and inspire them about their future possibilities.