serious about Youth
We're a youth-focused social enterprise based in London (UK). Set-up in 2008, we work to inspire, guide and support young people to gain the life and social skills they need to live fulfilling lives and successfully progress in the ‘real world’.
We work with other youth organisations, educational institutions and employers to design and deliver accredited and non-accredited innovative, interactive and effective 'life-skill' workshops and employability training.
Our workshops can be delivered as single sessions or extended programmes. We also help young people into different types of work and apprenticeships through our independent, 1-2-1 advice and guidance support. With our network and skills, we help organisations run engaging outreach activities. Our work includes addressing the skills shortage in the Engineering and Construction sectors by helping young people enter the industry through our project, 'Construkt'.
We have been awarded a bronze Level London Youth Quality Mark, a quality assurance scheme, a programme accredited by City and Guilds
The 'Construkt' Project
The 'Construkt' Project
The 'Construkt' project aims to inspire young people by giving them a pathway into the engineering and construction industries.
'Construkt' takes young people between 16-25 years old through the whole life cycle of a construction/engineering project and exposes them to the different career pathways available to them in the sector.
Those that want to work on-site and are eligible, undergo the Health and Safety Level 1 and CSCS card training with a view to obtaining a CSCS Card, and we organise work experience, as well as support participants to get into jobs, apprenticeships and further education after the programme.
The programme is designed for young people from varied backgrounds and therefore is aimed at a mixture of NEET (not in education, employment, or training) young people (18 - 25 years old), alongside sixth-form/college students from schools and colleges. We have a particular focus of engaging young people from BAME backgrounds and women due to their underrepresentation in the industry; over 80% of our candidates have been BAME and 23% female.
In October 2018, SAY was awarded funding from the Mayor of London as part of his Young Londoners Fund, to support the delivery of 2 x Construkt programmes a year until October 2021.
We have worked with a range of leading organisations in the construction/engineering industry through 'Construkt', such as Laing O'Rourke, Lendlease, NG Bailey, Wates, Berkeley Homes, Arup, Cundall, Derwent, Oxford Properties, Stanhope Schroders, Mott MacDonald and many others, and have had great success supporting over 75% of candidates into positive outcomes such as securing apprenticeships and work experience with Laing O'Rourke, NG Bailey and Berkeley Homes and progressing into construction and engineering-related college and university courses!
We are now recruiting candidates for our next virtual Construkt programme running for 1 week between 14th - 18th February 2022 and will be based on a live London development!
This project is open to young people across London. However, we would particularly like to engage female applicants.
During the programme you will have the opportunity to:
Engage and work with construction/engineering professionals from a range of leading industry firms
Undertake Building Information Modelling (BIM) digital design work
Network with companies and professionals with opportunities
Employability Training & Support
SAY designs and delivers impactful accredited and non-accredited employability training using a variety of youth-focused methods and resources such as interactive group activities, poetry, multimedia, inspirational speakers and videos. We help young people to understand employers' needs by innovatively covering topics such as CV's, interviews, application forms, the importance of attitude and valuable soft skills needed to successfully navigate the workplace.
We also assist organisations to engage more young people by utilising our network, experience and skills to undertake and enhance outreach activities.
Our programmes have a candidate satisfaction and retention rate of over 90%, and we have a strong track record of effectively helping hundreds of young people into jobs and apprenticeships through our training and ongoing 1-2-1 support. We have worked with a wide variety of employers and partner organisations such as the Mayor's Fund for London, Citizen's UK, Tech City Stars, Peabody Housing and many others, and have designed and delivered accredited training for bodies such as NCFE, EDI and BTEC Workskills.
Interested in working with SAY to help young people into work?
We work with organisations and companies in lots of different ways to help young people to find, get and keep jobs. If you're interested in working with us, we'd love to hear from you!
We'd love to hear from you! We help young people across London to get into jobs and apprenticeships in a range of industries. We can connect you with employers and organisations to help you make the most of your skills and interests.
16 - 24 and need help looking for work?
Educational 'Life Skills' Workshops
We offer a range of interactive life skill workshops for young people aged between 9-25+. Our workshops help students develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to be successful in education and beyond. We deliver single sessions or extended programmes in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities and other youth organisations.
Our workshops use youth-focused resources and methods such as interactive group activities, poetry, multimedia, videos and relevant role models & guests in a fun and innovative way for schools to effectively address the Ofsted criteria of spiritual, moral, social and cultural development (SMSC) and British Values.
We have worked with over 10,000 students in over 300 schools.