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Future Builders


A home.  An apprenticeship. A bright future.

Our innovative Future Builders project works in collaboration with the OVO Foundation, local training providers and Bristol City Council to support young people aged 18-24 starting out in careers such as construction and other skill shortage industries.

Over 12-18 months Future Builders prepares young people for independent living and the world of work, with personalised pre-apprenticeship training, work-based learning opportunities, ongoing support around sustaining education, employment and training and help to develop independent living and home making skills. Future Builders get everything they need to build an independent positive life.

How it works
Step one:  Assessment and pre-apprenticeship training
Potential Future Builders will access a pre-apprenticeship courses such as employability skills, functional Maths and English and tenancy training, and sometimes specific preparatory courses such as CSC card training.  At the same time they receive careers guidance and help to secure an apprenticeship or work based learning opportunity.

Step two: Live and Work
Now in apprenticeships or study, the young people gain valuable qualifications and work experience while living in shared houses. The rent is set at an affordable level so that work really pays.  Meanwhile, dedicated support prepares the group for the next stage.

Step Three: Move On
After completing their apprenticeships, the Future Builders are supported to move into sustainable employment and accommodation.

Who can apply for Future Builders?
Young People who are:

  • Aged 16-24
  • Supported by 1625ip or another youth service
  • Affected by homelessness
  • Keen to work in construction or other skills shortage industries
  • Keen to complete a 12-month apprenticeship
  • Happy to live in shared accommodation
  • Have level 1 in English and Maths or are happy to achieve this
  • Willing to undertake a personalised programme of pre-apprenticeship training
  • Committed to finishing the Future Builders programme


“A lot of programmes my support worker suggests to me, there’s nothing at the end. Future Builders actually rewards you.  It’s not just a bunch of maybes!”
- Future Builders Participant

For more information, please email
Or call 0117 317 8800





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