About Us

What we do

Youthbuild UK (YBUK) works with a variety of organisations from the public, private and third sectors to provide training, qualifications and employment to disadvantaged young people in the construction industry.

This ranges from pre 16’s at risk of or excluded from school, young offenders undertaking construction training in lieu of community service, traditional apprenticeships to employment led vocational qualifications for adults.

YBUK is particularly keen to support under represented groups in the construction industry (ethnic minorities and women) to embark on “Youthbuild” programmes. To encourage young people to succeed YBUK holds an annual awards event – The Young Builder of the Year – with two categories; still in education and/or training aged 14 to 18 years old and in employment and/or training aged between 18 and 25 years old. The emphasis is on distance travelled, not just qualifications gained. The 2016 awards will be held at the House of Commons on 19th October.

YBUK works closely with CITB, NHBC, NHF and The Apprenticeship Agency in promoting “Youthbuild” projects.

At ground floor level YBUK works with individual councils, housing associations, training providers, social enterprises and contractors to create projects, large and small, that can help disadvantaged young people in their local communities to undertake construction work and training that benefits themselves and the community.

Our Building Pathways events showcase good practise by charities, housing associations, schools and construction employers and give young people the opportunity to tell their own stories.

Over the last 20 years YBUK has been involved in over 150 projects ranging from self build housing schemes to refurbishments and ongoing maintenance. Many of the 5000 plus young people involved have gained a range of industry recognised qualifications as well as practical experience and generic job skills.