The young people in Sheffield building their own homes

Our innovative Future Builders scheme gives young people at risk of homelessness the chance to renovate derelict properties to live in. We’re so excited that our first 3 apprentices in Sheffield have downed tools to move into their new homes, so we caught up with one to find out more!


14 March 2019

We’re over the moon that Future Builders – the groundbreaking scheme providing skills and housing for young people at risk of homelessness – has welcomed 3 apprentices into their self-renovated homes, in partnership with local youth homelessness charity, Roundabout.

One of the new tenants, 19 year-old Scott from Sheffield, turned to Roundabout’s Prevention Service when his living situation broke down. He was referred to the Future Builders programme, which not only gave him suitable accommodation but also allowed him to gain skills and experience in a range of areas, including plastering, joinery, electrics, plumbing and decorating. Scott has flourished in the role and has been a real asset to the team.

Scott says, “Future Builders has given me the opportunity to gain experience within the building, construction and property refurb industry, which has given me a better idea of what I would like to do in the future. It has also really helped me to prepare for full-time paid work!

“The project has helped me learn more about myself, too. I’ve worked hard to show consistency in my work and have successfully followed instructions. Working alongside professionals has really helped me prepare for the world of work and it’s been great feeling like part of a proper team.”

Since completing the Future Builders programme, Scott has moved into his renovated home. And, thanks to the commitment and skills he learnt through the programme, he has also secured a job as a welding fabricator.

“Future Builders has played a key part in helping me become independent. It has given me the chance to move into an affordable but high quality form of accommodation within the local area, and to learn new skills, which in turn has helped me begin a career.”

Scott, Future Builders graduate

Future Builders has so far given 19 young people in Sheffield the opportunity to complete a traineeship, gain maths and english qualifications, and get valuable work experience within the construction industry through renovating a home to live in.

OVO also powers the renovated homes for free. This means the young people’s apprenticeship wage can cover their rent, leaving them with money to support their financial independence.

We can’t wait to welcome more young people into other renovated properties in the city over the coming months!

Take a look at the before and after photos of the refurbishment

Press enter or esc to cancel