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


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 welcome potential corporate partners, schools or students to get in touch if they are interested in finding out more. Find upcoming courses here.

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


Fancy learning more about Rail? Check our our Budding Brunels Rail course in partnership with Network Rail. If you think your school or college would be interested in finding out more about us running a Budding Brunels course for you and your classmates, then please email us at buddingbrunels@constructionyouth.org.uk or give us a call on 0207 467 9540

Case Study

  • Ariel

    Ariel took part in one of the Trust's Budding Brunels programmes in June 2012. After a successful interview to gain work experience with course sponsor Vinci Construction UK, he completed a placement at the Tesco Streatham Hub site. Ariel said "it was so different from any other placement - I thought I'd just be making the teas but I was really doing the job! It showed me that a career in Engineering was really for me. I had looked at I.T. and catering but this was what I really wanted."
  • Mary

    "As an A-Level student studying Maths and 3D Design Budding Brunels showed me that there are a number of different career paths open to methat suit my interests. I found the talks on the course from professionals in the industry really informative and they helped to increase my knowledge on the construction industry and the different career progression routes within it"

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