Young people on Street League's Academy refurbished the on-site facilities at a local community centre as part of their work placement week with Willmott Dixon recently.

Willmott Dixon are one of the country's leading construction, residential development and property support services. After establishing a track record of working with partners and local people to deliver sustainable developments across the country, Street League participants were invited along to learn from one of the best.

Working Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4pm, 12 participants from the South and North London Academies impressed as they learned the techniques needed to regenerate the Calthorpe Project site near King's Cross.

Jack, a Willmott Dixon representative, was delighted with the Academy participants and feels they have all learned a great deal during their week alongside him and his team. He said: "It's been really good and really beneficial. Working closely with them has been enjoyable and they have come on leaps and bounds and really enjoyed themselves." 

Americo, a South London Academy participant, showed real enthusiasm and a great  appetite for the project, Jack explained: "Americo's been paired off with the carpenters  and has excelled, been positive and arrived on time every morning keen to learn. At first  he was quiet and kept himself to himself, which is absolutely fine, but by pairing him off with the carpenters he has come out of his shell because he has been working with them so closely."

Americo was also pleased with his progress and hopes to become a carpenter following the week work placement. He said: "I've found it really fun. I've put decking up and become familiar with all the tools. I'm enjoying learning new things about carpentry that I didn't know before. I want to make a profession out of this and become a 'chippy'. Street League gave me the opportunity to do this with Willmott Dixon and this is something I really want to do."

With Willmott Dixon and Street League's relationship firmly established, Jack is hoping to see more and more young people gain employment through the scheme.

He said: "When we started this incentive our aim was to see change in just one person, anything else was a bonus, but we're excelling above that. Hopefully we'll get some apprenticeships for these guys as that's the aim. For me, it's been great seeing the improvements. It really makes it all worthwhile."