A special ceremony held at UPP and the University of London’s Cartwright Gardens development site today celebrated the completion of The Prince’s Trust Get Into Construction programme by a group of unemployed young people from London.
As part of the programme, the group spent two weeks training for their Construction Skills Certificate Scheme Card and gaining hands-on work experience working with subcontractors, Brookfield Multiplex at the Cartwright Gardens site, a scheme to build around 1,200 affordable student rooms in the heart of the city for the University of London.
Ahead of the ceremony the Prince’s Trust trainees took the opportunity to show local Councillor Georgia Gould, the Cabinet Member for Young People and Economic Growth, around the development site to see the progress achieved by their hard work.
After the site tour the trainees spoke about their experience working at Cartwright Gardens to an audience of representatives from the Prince’s Trust, Camden Council, UPP, Brookfield Multiplex and the University of London.
One of the trainees said, “I've really enjoyed this course and have worked with some amazing and helpful people who have taught me so much. Working on a big construction site like this one is like putting together tiny pieces of an enormous puzzle. I've learnt so much about working hard and how to be a part of a large and efficient workplace. I am now hoping to get more experience and eventually an apprenticeship.”
Councillor Gould commented, “It has been wonderful to meet with the Prince’s Trust trainees today and to hear them speak of their experiences on this fantastic programme. The work the Prince’s Trust do to support young people across London is invaluable. I am really glad to have had the opportunity to see first hand this at UPP’s Cartwright Gardens site here in Camden.”
Since 2010, UPP has been working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust supporting unemployed young people gain the skills and experience they need to take the first steps onto the career path.
Speaking at the event, Professor Shamit Saggar, Chairman of UPP commented: “We are delighted to be here today to celebrate the success of those who participated in the Get Into Construction programme at our Cartwright Gardens site. They have each done an excellent job, as well as gain valuable experience to support their future career development. Working in partnership with The Prince’s Trust, we have helped open up employment opportunities to more than 270 young people and are extremely proud to support another successful programme. We remain committed to investing in our local communities, helping to make a difference to the lives of young people in and around London.”
The Prince’s Trust Get Into programme gives unemployed young people the chance to gain vocational skills and training in specific sectors like construction, and facilities management. In addition to gaining experience on sites like UPP’s Cartwright Gardens, the individuals have the opportunity to improve their teamwork and communications skills, as well as boost their confidence. Last year, more than 6,000 young people took part in the charity’s Get Into programme, with more than three in four moving into work, education or training.