Partnership scheme to help young people build for the future

The aim is to introduce local young people not currently in education or employment to the opportunities of a career of construction.

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In partnership with CLF Construction Careers, Construction Youth Trust (CYT) have aims to introduce young people to the opportunities that the construction sector has to offer.

The scheme welcomed a range of local young people to its first of the five-day #inmybackyard course at the Curve community centre in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre in Camden.

Throughout the courses, the participants were encouraged to work together to build new benches and a set of bird houses, with the motivation being to construct items that would benefit a wide range of residents.

The participants were also encouraged to recognise and celebrate their accomplishments across the five-days, whether that be arriving on time at the centre or completing a practical project to a high standard.

By embedding the project within their local community, the partnership aims to “gently widen” young people’s career horizons and introduce them to local opportunities within the construction and built environment sector.

Commenting on the scheme, Kharima Dada, Senior Programme Manager at Construction Careers said: “As a programme we have a number of aims but the one that is key to all aspects of our work, is that we positively promote the construction industry as a viable and rewarding sector.

“Through our partnered work with Construction Youth Trust, who have expertise within the sector and engaging young people, we felt confident that we could facilitate sector exposure in an innovative way and raise aspirations of participants on the programme.”

Following the end of the programme the participants were referred across to Construction Careers for employability skills development – a London Forward programme which is funded by eight of the capital’s boroughs.

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