Building Birmingham Scholarship launched for young people

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A new and exciting bursary programme has been launched to support local young people into careers in the construction and built environment sectors by Birmingham City Council.

The Building Birmingham Scholarship programme will provide young people aged between 16-24 years of age to a wide range of education, employment and training opportunities to pursue a career in the construction / built environment sectors.

To meet the individual needs a tailored menu of supportis offered to young people providing access to work placements, internships, apprenticeship and other employment opportunities, in addition to a bursary fund helping with tuition fees for Birmingham residents attending a Birmingham university.

In summer 2014 young people will be able to gain valuable experience, improve their confidence and aspirations and increase their skills through either a placement or internship opportunity with the city partner house building contractors on the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT) programme, which will help to prepare them for the world of work.

As one of the youngest cities in Europe, Birmingham has a higher rate of youth unemployment compared to other UK cities. Collectively, Birmingham City Council and seven main developers on BMHT programme will be working together to tackle unemployment in local areas by creating employment and training opportunities for young people on the house building developments across the city.


For Birmingham, the younger generation is regarded as a major asset and the scholarship programme contributes to a number of key strategies for the city, including:

  • To support the development of the Birmingham Baccalaureate, as part of the Birmingham Commission on Youth Unemployment,  by working in collaboration with local schools and raising awareness about the wide-ranging career pathways within the construction and built environment sectors; with a particular emphasis for more female representation within these sectors
  • Commitment One of the Social Inclusion Process, recommendation 1.7, Develop an integrated employment and skills approach for Birmingham
  • Commitment Five, recommendation 5.4, Targeted support so young people can access education

One of the key aims of the scholarship is to tap into the talent of young people in some of most disadvantage communities across the city and provide a second chance to those who may have had disrupted school experiences to continue learning through higher education, achieve their aspirations, reach their full potential and become industry leaders.

To kick start the programme, four young people were identified via Birmingham City University and Keepmoat to spearhead the scholarship programme in September 2013.

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Bursary scholars  (from left to right: Dean Jarrett, Sabila Zaman, Courtney Daniel and Mohammed Waqas) were presented with certificates by Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, who all started degree level studies in Building Surveying and Construction Management in September 2013 and will be supported through the programme.

For details of eligibility click here or find out more information visit:

If you have any enquiries please contact Aman Lal, Project Manager by telephone on 0121 675 3282 or email 

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