Construction Youth Trust opens new training centre in Bermondsey

Grosvenor hosts leading construction skills charity to support local skills development

21st April 2015

Construction Youth Trust, a charity helping young people to build better futures by giving them access to training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry, has opened a new Construction Training Centre on Drummond Road, Bermondsey in London.


Grosvenor Britain & Ireland will host the new Construction Training Centre for the next two years on the former Lewisham and Southwark College site, which is one of two development sites it owns close to Bermondsey Underground Station.

The Construction Training Centre enables young people from the area to access training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry. The training centre offers OCN accredited multi-skilled and trade-focused courses with Level 1 Health and Safety in Construction included in both.

Christine Townley, Executive Director for Construction Youth Trust, said: "Construction Youth Trust is delighted to be opening this new training facility with the great support of Grosvenor. This is another step in our plans for expanding our support for young people in Southwark and across London. Partnerships with developers and contractors are a key plank in our strategy to ensure everything we do to support young people is demand-led. The UK has high skills shortages and high numbers of young people out of work; by working in partnership with Grosvenor and the local community we plan to change this. Together we can make a difference.”

Tony O’Reilly, Director of Construction and Development for the Bermondsey project at Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “We believe we can make a positive contribution to Bermondsey and to Southwark, and accommodating and supporting education provision alongside new homes is fundamental to our vision for this 12 acre site. By working with Construction Youth Trust we hope to support local people who wish to upskill, and benefit from the job opportunities that will result from the works on site in the years ahead.”

The Construction Training Centre was formally opened on Friday 17 April, with a welcome breakfast attended by local stakeholders including residents, members of the industry such as Grosvenor and their supply chain, local councillors, educators, those working in housing associations and other local community groups. Guests explored the new training facilities and heard more about how Construction Youth Trust supports young people into the industry.


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Construction Youth Trust is sharing the former Campus site with Compass School Southwark, a mixed 11-16 school which opened in September 2013, and Old Vic New Voices, which has recently established a creative community hub on the site.

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland currently owns the former College site as well as the neighbouring Biscuit Factory site and intends to hold a public consultation on the future of these two sites later this year.


For more information please contact:

Stuart Hamilton, London Manager for Construction Youth Trust: 07956554141 /

Hamish McDougall, Interim Head of Media Relations, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland: 020 7312 6479 /

About Construction Youth Trust:

Construction Youth Trust is a registered charity that helps young people to access training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry.

They particularly work with young people to help them overcome barriers in order to access training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry.

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland’s mission is to create and recreate inspiring places and neighbourhoods, delivering value for customers, shareholders and co-investors with its place-making expertise.

It owns, develops and manages a diverse property portfolio in cities across Britain and Ireland. Business units are focused on its London estate, with 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in the heart of the UK’s capital, and developments elsewhere in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton. As at 31 December 2013, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £5bn.

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