News & events

LABC President Anthony Oloyede undertakes Presidential Charity Challenge in support of the Trust!

In 2020 LABC President Anthony Oloyede chose the Trust as his presidential charity. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic put an unfortunate stop to many of our joint plans, we want to thank Anthony for his unwavering support throughout the pandemic and raising over £5,400 for The Trust.

Throughout our partnership, Anthony has volunteered across our programme delivery and been an incredible inspiration to many of the young people we work with. A particular highlight was Anthony’s participation on one of our Budding Builders programmes, where Anthony discovered he shared common ground...

Connecting Young People to Opportunities Through The World of Work

Over the past 3 months, we have been delighted to facilitate weeklong in-person work experience placements for 23 young people.

Our young people have explored a wide variety of construction and built environment careers supported by our incredible employer partners, including Core Five, Sir Robert McAlpine, Child Graddon Lewis, Weston Williamson, Morris and Co, Bouygues UK, Keltbray, Franklyn Shaw and Gallagher Group.

Many of the summer cohort were referred to us by their schools and whilst they had an interest in the construction industry most were unaware of the incredible...

Preparing our young people for apprenticeships after the success of the Lambeth Developer’s Challenge!

In July, a cohort of young people attended a 4-week Developer’s Challenge based in Lambeth, to give them a taster of the careers available in the construction and built environment sector and discover local opportunities.

Led by top industry employers our young people had the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals, benefitting from their expertise and receiving a first-hand insight into construction roles. The programme also helped to equip our young people with the necessary employability skills, such as team work and communication skills to best prepare them for the...

Young people make a positive impact on their community by creating a peaceful area for reflection!

Our North Kent community project in August, funded by the Coyler Ferguson Charitable Trust, saw us partner with Kent Youth Justice Board to positively engage young people in their community, develop their practical construction skills and inspire them to progress into their careers.

We delivered an informative 5-day project to our young people in Swanscombe, where they were able to learn from industry volunteers who gave their expertise and guidance to help construct a viewing decking for the local community.

During the project, the participants worked collaboratively on a new...

Industry call to arms in loving memory of Maddie Durdant-Hollamby

In celebration of the life and work of Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, family, friends and wider industry came together to support a fund through Construction Youth Trust set up in Maddie’s memory.

It was with great sadness to hear that on the 27th August the life of Maddie Durdant-Hollamby was cut short in tragic circumstances. Maddie worked within industry and was advancing strongly in her marketing role with Keyline Civils. Most recently she was appointed Project Director of Visibility on the Travis Perkins Youth Board. Maddie’s passion and dedication shone through and she is an...

Construction Youth Trust named as the charity partner for The Inspire Awards 2019

The Trust is proud to announce that we have been selected as the charity partner for the Inspire Awards for the second year in a row!

The awards recognise the people & organisations who are reaching out to inspire a new generation - irrespective of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability - to embrace a career in the building industry.

The event, organised by UKBE Ltd, brings together the most inclusive companies and inspiring individuals working in construction, engineering and housing.

The Trust’s CEO Carol Lynch will be one of the industry...

Clean Slate Cymru Launches

Construction Youth Trust Cymru has been delivering a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) funded BAM Nuttall project to support people with convictions into construction employment in Wales. The CITB forecasts that the Welsh construction sector will need 12,250 additional workers over the next five years. Companies in Wales are already having difficulty finding suitably skilled staff. There are economic benefits of supporting ex-offenders. Reoffending costs the UK up to £13 billion a year (Home Office, 2013).

The Clean Slate Cymru project ran or commissioned pilot...

Update on the Trust's Partnership with Scape Group

Over the last eighteen months, Scape Group and Construction Youth Trust have partnered to deliver four Budding Brunels programmes. Scape, and their framework contractors commitment to creating social value has seen young people from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby, and Gateshead take part in the programme. This autumn will see the final two projects take place in Leicester and Warwickshire.

So far, the programme has seen:


Construction Youth Trust partnered with Scape, GF Tomlinson, Nottingham City Council and AR Demolition to deliver the...

Budding Brunels graduate Ellie wins contract with Willmott Dixon Interiors

This summer the Trust was delighted to hear that Ellie, a student we’ve worked with since 2015, has accepted an offer from Willmott Dixon Interiors to work as a Management Trainee. The offer follows a successful summer placement she had with the company – WDI were so impressed with Ellie’s work that her application for the Management Trainee role was advanced directly to the interview stage.

We first met Ellie in 2015 when she attended a Budding Brunels course, which she attended due to her interest in embarking on a career in the Built Environment. As one of the...

Trustee Changes at Construction Youth Trust

At our recent AGM, Terry Spraggett and Michelle Tilley announced they would be retiring from Construction Youth Trust’s Board of Trustees. As prominent figures in the built environment sector, Terry and Michelle have been invaluable assets to the Trust over the years. Both have provided vital industry insight and demonstrated a huge passion for young people throughout their tenures.

Our warmest thanks to them both.

Also announced was the arrival of four new Trustees to the Board: Victoria Brambini, Managing Director of Scape Procure; Assad Maqbool, Partner and...