Budding Brunels is a 3-day free course which is aimed at those in Year 12 and 13 who are interested in finding out more about working in the construction professions.


Our Budding Brunels programme targets schools with a high proportion of socially and economically disadvantaged students and works with a diverse demographic of young people to introduce them to professional career opportunities in construction. We bring together industry representatives to share their knowledge and experience with young people and offer an insight into the breadth of professional career opportunities available across the industry. 


Want to learn more about careers in construction?

Our Budding Brunels course is specifically designed to show you first hand the opportunities which exist within the industry. Over the course of 3 days you'll get to see what its like to take on different professional roles; from project manager to surveyor, you'll get the opportunity to experience the industry from the inside, whilst all the while being provided with the support you need to develop your own employability skills.

There will be opportunities to spend time touring working construction sites; to hear from industry professionals from projects as huge as the Cheesegrater, Crossrail and the Olympic park and to visit universities and technical colleges to hear about the range of progression routes open to you.

Those of you who do really well in the workshops will have the opportunity to progress onto work placements, adding valuable experience to your UCAS and employment applications.

What does the course entail?

  • Tour of a 'live' construction site
  • Industry led accredited workshops relating to a project brief
  • Experience of giving presentations to an industry panel
  • Interviews which can lead to work placements for at least 5 students
  • Industry networking with professionals


We run the Budding Brunels course on a regular basis during term time and we alwyas welcome potential corporate partners, schools or students to get in touch if they are interested in finding out more.

If you would like to find out more about our Budding Brunels courses, email hello@constructionyouth.org.uk 

Find out more about our Budding Brunels course by watching our video:


Case Study

  • Nawaal

    Civil Engineer

    Nawaal was a student at Hammersmith Academy when she attended our industry-led Budding Brunels workshop, designed to showcase the range of skills and job roles available across the Construction industry. After the course, we facilitated a work placement. Experiencing the real work environment made Nawaal realise she wanted to follow a career into construction.

    Nawaal is now a Civil Engineering Apprentice working on the Thames Tideway Tunnel - London’s new super-sewer, which is urgently needed to modernise the Capital’s sewage system and protect the tidal River Thames from pollution. Nawaal studies one day a week at London Design and Engineering University Technical College.

    “When my placement ended, I felt incredibly motivated and eager to do all that’s necessary to work in this field of work in the near future. Construction Youth Trust not only gave me my first exposure to construction, but also continued to support and guide me into the industry.”


  • Amanzhol


    Amanzhol was studying A-levels at Pimlico Academy when he attended our employer-led ‘Introduction to Property Development’ programme. Supported by industry professionals, he and his fellow students took part in a team challenge to develop their own masterplan for a high profile site in central London. Amanzhol and his team presented their ideas to a panel of industry experts, who were hugely impressed with the calibre and creativity of the students’ ideas.

    This in-depth exposure to the Built Environment sector inspired Amanzhol to study Architecture and he was delighted to be offered a place at Cambridge University.

    “Construction Youth Trust gave me exposure to a wide range of careers in the Built Environment sector and the opportunity to network with industry professionals. This experience really strengthened my UCAS statement and I am sure helped me stand out from other candidates when I was applying for a University place.”

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