Around seven young people a day in the UK are diagnosed with cancer.
The Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) has done a huge amount to improve the specialist care and support for young people with cancer but there’s still more they want to do for this age group of 13-24 year olds.
Back in October 2013 Mace Foundation joined forces with TCT, establishing an innovative partnership that benefits not just these young people but also brings fresh talent into the construction sector. The basis of the four-year partnership is an annual grant to cover the cost of a TCT Youth Support Coordinator, who coordinates activities and provides emotional support to teenage cancer patients and their families.
Mace wanted to provide more than just financial support. We wanted to use our construction knowledge and expertise to also help these deserving young people. As such, in an industry first, Mace Foundation and TCT piloted a work experience week in September 2014 for nine young people, aged between 18 and 29, who are in remission or receiving treatment for cancer. The week aimed to provide a window into the construction sector, as well as increase the young people’s confidence and self-efficacy.
The programme covered a wide range of competencies, including design and pre-construction, IT support, marketing and bids, CV writing and interview skills, architecture, commercial management, construction management, M&E engineering, H&S, community engagement, facilities management and programme management.
The majority of the 2014 pilot group are now working full time with Mace or elsewhere in the industry, and following the continued success in 2015, the 2016 week will be organised for later in this year.