One construction worker every 77 seconds until 2021. That's the figure that the Construction Industry Council says is needed to meet housing and infrastructure targets. It’s definitely a challenge, but we’re committed to doing our part to help.

Giving back to our communities

We've been working with the Rothschild Foundation at the Golden Mede site in Waddesdon, near Aylesbury. This development aims to set a new standard for rural living and Places for People have also had the chance to get young people involved and working on the site in conjunction with Volunteer it Yourself, (ViY), helping them learn essential trade skills such as bricklaying, painting and decorating, plumbing tiling and more. 

Learning on the job

The team at Golden Mede, led by construction manager Neil Hyland, have been working with Volunteer It Yourself to help encourage young people to learn trade skills on a real building site.

VIY is a Community Interest Company that challenges young people, who are typically unemployed and disengaged/excluded from mainstream education and training. The aim is to help them learn trade and building skills whilst volunteering on real community-based building projects. The young VIY volunteers at Golden Mede have been mentored on site by professional tradespeople (both VIY Mentors and our contractors) and have been supported in gaining vocational skills qualifications, as well as access to apprenticeship and other employment opportunities beyond the project.

The VIY project at Golden Mede has had some great results with:

  • 23 young people participating
  • Young people contributing 800+ volunteer hours on site on tasks such as bricklaying, drylining, plastering and plumbing
  • Eight young people gaining the Lincsafe H&S accreditation
  • Eight young people gaining a City & Guilds vocational employability skills qualification
  • Five participants already progressing to employment beyond the project as a direct result of their VIY/Golden Mede experience

The work we’ve been doing with volunteers has been really well received and was even featured as part of a Channel Four documentary titled, Building Britain presented by Guy Martin. The documentary looks at how the teenagers are being equipped to deal with the housing issues that Britain is facing.