Partnership between London South Bank University (Dept of Management) and Construction Youth Trust
Construction Youth Trust (the Trust) is a charity whose mission to support disadvantaged young people aged 14-30 into education and work in the construction industry. They provide training, workshops, taster sessions, and placements which allow young people to explore a career in the construction industry. The Trust supports young people whose journey to work can be challenging due to barriers relating to their financial circumstances, lack of awareness of opportunities, low self-esteem, gender or ethnicity. The Trust achieves its goals by undertaking a number of practical programmes in deprived communities, including Mobile Classrooms which take construction taster programmes into the heart of disadvantaged communities and Practical Community Projects in which participants use newly learned skills in a real working environment. The Trust also runs programmes for ex-offenders and professional careers tasters.
The KTP is to develop a develop a Social Return on Investment (SROI) model which will provide evidence of the positive social as well as financial aspects of the Trust's work and will help to secure future funders and future business for the Trust. The KTP is for two years and funded by the Technology Strategy Board and the Welsh Government.
As a result of contacts facilitated by the early stages of the KTP, CYT have been featured as an example of good practice on BBC TV "Saints and Scroungers" on 7 November: