A home. A construction apprenticeship. A bright future.
Our innovative new Future Builders project works in collaboration with the OVO Foundation, SGS College and Bristol City Council to support young people aged 16-24 interested in working in the construction industry.
Over 18 months Future Builders prepares young people for the world of work, moving participants into an apprenticeship - giving them all the tools they need to build an independent positive path forwards.
How it works
Step One: The Pre Apprenticeship Programme
Over 13 weeks, the Future Builders attend a pre-apprenticeship course covering all the basic skills in bricklaying, tiling, plastering, painting, carpentry and plumbing as well as receiving support to apply for apprenticeships. Transport costs are covered - and lunch too!
Step Two: Live and Work Phase
Now in apprenticeships, the young people gain valuable qualifications and work experience while living in shared houses. The rent is set at an affordable level so that work really pays. Meanwhile, dedicated support prepares the group for the next stage...
Step Three: Move On
After completing their apprenticeships, the Future Builders are supported to move into sustainable employment and accommodation.
Who can apply for Future Builders?
Young people aged 16-24
Being supported by 1625ip or another youth service
Affected by homelessness
Keen to work in construction
Keen to complete a 12 month apprenticeship and move into shared accommodation
Level 1 in English and Maths or the potential to achieve this
Willing to complete a 13 week pre-apprenticeship course five days a week
Committed to finishing the Future Builders programme and looking forward to a bright independent future!
"A lot of programmes my support worker suggests to me, there's nothing at the end. Future Builders actually rewards you. It's not just a bunch of maybes! "
Future Builders participant