April 6, 2020

Construction Youth Trust partners with Centrepoint to provide industry qualifications for homeless young people

Construction Youth Trust has been working in association with Centrepoint Works to deliver their Budding Builders course, as part of the Centrepoint Works scheme. 

Centrepoint Works, a course which is open to homeless, disadvantaged or unemployed young people in London, offers 100 hours of work experience, with lunch and travel provided. Trainees who complete the course are then better placed to go on to secure lasting employment. 

The Trust ran a programme of project-based learning introducing young people to construction and built environment careers, whilst also equipping them with the qualifications required to work on a live site.

Over the course of eight days the Budding Builders participants engaged in a variety of activities ranging from practical carpentry skills sessions to networking with industry professionals*.

By the end of the course, the young people completed the OCNL Level 1 Award in Health & Safety in a Construction Environment which allows them to take the test for a five-year CSCS Green Labourer Card. As part of the programme Construction Youth Trust will arrange and pay for the young people to take their tests, offering them revision support in the run up to the test date. In the UK a CSCS Card is essential for securing employment on a construction site. 

Throughout the Budding Builders course, and the wider programme, both Construction Youth Trust and Centrepoint Works focused on challenging negative perceptions that the young people may have about themselves and help thembecome work ready. 

When asked about his experience of the programme one of the participants said: “The best part of the course was the chance to practice mock interviews with industry professionals. They gave me more confidence in being myself and being available to other people, showing your real self to other people.”

Another participant said of her time on the course: “I don’t want to be done here and go home to my old ways and stop believing in myself.” Following the course, she has been offered two instances of work experience and the Trust and Centrepoint Works are very excited about the employment opportunities that the course has opened up for her through meeting industry at networking sessions and apprenticeship fairs. 

Construction Youth Trust CEO, Carol Lynch, said of the Centrepoint Works Scheme: “One organisation alone cannot solve the many complex needs of a vulnerable homeless young person. By working together with Centrepoint, we have been able to concentrate on delivering specific and practical employability support to the participants of Centrepoint Works, enabling them to break down barriers to employment and inspiring them to pursue a robust career within the Construction and Built Environment industry.”

Sadie Odeogberin, Centrepoint Works, said: “We provide a safe environment for homeless and disadvantaged young people to learn, train and grow in confidence.  

“Our partnership with Construction Youth Trust provides the vital link between training and the workplace by equipping young people with the right qualifications, attitude and skills needed to successfully find and sustain work in the construction industry.”

The partnership with Construction Youth Trust is part of Centrepoint Works’ wider services that offer young people the opportunity to achieve accreditation in maths, English, IT and employability as well as traineeships in hospitality, business administration and construction.  

All of its profits are reinvested into giving homeless young people a future.