The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track by supporting 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
Shaun started out as a trainee mechanic but was bored with this career whilst Tyler was struggling to find his niche having tried many jobs but not settling into any of them.
They both applied for support from the Prince’s Trust to learn new skills and to change direction. The Trust placed them on their Get into Construction programme which combines two weeks of learning with a work placement to put their learning into practice. In the lecture room these young men were taught employability skills and helped with vocational and practical skills; training that gave them the knowledge and understanding to work on a construction site. They both undertook health and safety, abrasive wheel, working at height and other practical training courses as well completing team building exercises to help them problem solve and work with other people.
In September 2016, they both started their work placement on our Cannon Street site. Adrian Clamp, our Environmental and Systems Director, was there to introduce them to the site team and induct them on the realities of working on a large construction site.
Initially they were involved in learning how to safely help with all the site activities including setting up formwork, preparing re-bar, helping with concrete pours and the usual site housekeeping activities for keeping areas safe and clean.
They both relished the new challenge, teamwork and culture of working on a construction site:
“I learnt a lot,” said Tyler. “It was a great experience, getting more competent at what I was doing and getting to see the bigger picture with construction. This is my thing now, I now know what I want to do and know that there is more that I can offer.”
Shaun is also enjoying the change, “I learn something different every day; I am always learning – which I like. I want to keep learning so I can complete a Site Management Safety Training Scheme and work my way up to being a Site Manager.”
Shaun and Tyler’s work ethic impressed our site team and we were happy to take them on board as Construction Apprentices on the completion of the Trust’s programme.
The Prince’s Trust was set up in 1976 by HRH The Prince of Wales to help young people with the view that “Every young person should have the chance to succeed.”