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Places for London teams up with Construction Youth Trust to inspire the next generation

Partnership will enable thousands of young people learn about the built environment and the exciting careers it offers

  • Follows research that shows a lack of interest amongst students, particularly young women, in working in the built environment
  • Data also showed that only half of students and less than two-thirds of parents thought the built environment affected their lives, while half of teachers had said they'd not heard of the built environment

Places for London (Transport for London's wholly owned commercial property company) has announced that it has teamed up with Construction Youth Trust on its educational engagement programme.

The programme is a collaboration between Places for London and its partners, including Barratt London, The Earls Court Development Company, Grainger plc and Helical plc, and aims to inspire the next generation of young people into the built environment sector, which encompasses both the construction and real estate sectors. Working with its partners, Places for London will be starting on 20,000 homes over the next ten years, making it one of the largest developers in London. Places for London is keen to use the scale of its programme to encourage new people into the industry. This is vital because research has shown that an additional 22,800 workers are expected to be required to meet construction demand in Greater London by 2027*.

Following a competitive process, Places for London selected Construction Youth Trust as its Educational Engagement Programme delivery partner. It will help bring together schools, young people and employers (including role models from across the built environment industry), so that students, as well as teachers and parents, can learn more about the industry and the impact it has. Over the course of the next three years, Places for London and Construction Youth Trust aims to reach 6,750 young Londoners through a range of inspirational workshops and intensive programmes to support young people progress into built environment careers.

Through the partnership, Places for London and its partners will be directly supporting 250 young people to progress into an education, training or employment outcome related to the built environment. This could be an 18-year-old starting a degree level apprenticeship, or a 16-year-old going onto study a construction T-Level.

Thomas Glover, Construction Skills Manager at Places for London, said: "Alongside our development partners, we're excited to work with Construction Youth Trust to engage more young people and their teachers, and show them that the built environment offers something for everyone. We can show young people how they have a real chance to shape London and, more widely, the world around them. As an industry, we need to make sure we've got a pipeline of brilliant and diverse talent coming through to guarantee the places around us are the best they can be."

Carol Lynch, CEO at Construction Youth Trust, said: "We are delighted to be partnering with Places for London to inspire young people to discover the wide range of career opportunities the built environment has to offer. Our aim is to support a new generation of young Londoners to become the leaders and professionals of the future by connecting them with employers who recognise that it makes business sense to invest in the capital's diverse young talent."

Jessica Fabian, Commercial Real Estate apprentice at Places for London, said: "I love working in the built environment sector and as part of my degree apprenticeship, I've been involved in a variety of projects - including working with the business tenants across our arches estate. There are so many different opportunities in the industry that I hadn't realised existed before I did a work placement at a property firm while at school. I thought working in property meant that you had to be an estate agent - I couldn't have been more wrong!"

Grace O'Connor, Commercial Real Estate apprentice at Places for London, added: "Through the work Places for London has been doing with schools, I got to learn all about property development and visit the construction site near to my school where they have been building new homes with Barratt London. This inspired me to apply for my apprenticeship at TfL, where I am actually getting the chance to work within the property industry, while also studying for a degree."

Places for London has been delivering its education engagement programme by working together with some of the UK's leading property developers, such as Barratt London, Earls Court Development Company, Grainger plc and Helical plc. It is vital that the industry is taking action, as research undertaken by YouGov last year for Places for London showed that only 36 per cent of those surveyed between 11-18 in London and the South-East were interested in having a job in the built environment sector.** The data was even more stark when broken down by gender, with just 30 per cent of female students being interested, compared to 42 per cent of male students.**

Despite the sizeable influence of the built environment on everyday lives, only half of students (51 per cent) thought the built environment had an impact on their lives**. A similar proportion of parents - at 57 per cent - believed the same***. This is exacerbated by the findings that, of the teachers surveyed, half (51 per cent) had never heard of the built environment****.

The Educational Engagement Programme is hoping to increase awareness and understanding of the built environment. It will also increase access to role models already working within the sector, with less than a fifth of the young people surveyed having ever met a civil engineer (18 per cent), real estate surveyor (14 per cent), construction project manager (13 per cent) or property manager (14 per cent)**. The ability to interact with those working in the sector, ask them questions and learn more about what they do will help increase the understanding of young people about the built environment and the potential careers they might be interested in. So far, Places for London through its educational engagement programme has facilitated more than 1,300 hours of industry expert volunteering time.

Notes to editors

  • *Figures taken from: https://www.citb.co.uk/media/acbnbn5t/csn-national-report-final-report.pdf
  • ** Figures taken from: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/business-and-advertisers/skills-and-training All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 502. Fieldwork was undertaken between 21st February - 14th March 2023.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all aged 11-18 in London and the South East.
  • *** Figures taken from: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/business-and-advertisers/skills-and-training All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 501 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 21st February - 11th March 2023. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all parents of a child aged 11-18 in London and the South East.
  • **** Figures taken from: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/business-and-advertisers/skills-and-training All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 486 secondary school teachers. Fieldwork was undertaken between 3rd - 16th February 2023. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all teachers in the UK, filtered to secondary school teachers.
  • The collaboration with Construction Youth Trust builds on existing work by Places for London and the developers it is working with to encourage young people into the sector, including its existing programme with Class of Your Own. This includes working with 11 schools, engaging with more than 3,500 young people and providing 84 work experience placements.
  • Transport for London has invested in the future of transport and related industries for many years through its school, graduate and apprenticeship programmes both in London and across the country through its UK-wide supply chain network. Many of these opportunities relate to those available in the built environment sector.
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