“Building People – Building Skills”

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What we do:

We seek to bring hope by reaching and supporting vulnerable young adults, focusing on construction skills training, help in gaining employment and life skills development.

Our primary focus is on disadvantaged young people who are NEET, aged between 16 – 25 yrs living in and around Birmingham and Solihull. B4H is focused on candidates who generally have few academic qualifications and low self esteem. We start with one to one coaching then work towards Level 1 CSkills NVQ in carpentry and joinery. Along the journey, students will have passed H&S training and received their CSCS card and so become “construction site ready”.

Our Approach:

‘There is such a need out there. Young people’s lives are being ruined as we speak but Building 4 Hope is working, lives are being transformed and it’s an incredible privilege to be part of it’ 

Kevin Byrne – AMCIPD, MinstLM

Kevin Byrne is Project Manager and founder.

Starting out as an apprentice carpenter and joiner, Kevin has over 30 years practical knowledge in the construction and trade industry, alongside a wealth of experience in providing both private and public construction training, including overseeing large scale apprenticeship schemes and the creation of dedicated training centres.

Above and beyond this, Kevin has a real heart for the young people he works with and is passionate about seeing lives changed.

Our experience is that conventional training courses at local colleges tend not to be fit for purpose for young people who have very few academic qualifications or who have very low self esteem. The class sizes and teaching format often don’t address some of their underlying issues.

We have identified that the two most important things many disadvantaged young adults who are NEET need are:

  1. Positive relationships with role models who were committed to their long-term health and wellbeing, who can advise, mentor and challenge; and
  2. Qualifications and skills that allow them to find and secure employment.

How you can help:

Building People. Building Skills:

You can play a crucial part in restoring self respect through a job well done by:

You can help them go from zero qualifications and no job prospects to being ready for a fulfilling career in construction.


We know through government research that the issues that affect young people who become NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) cost over £65,000 each in direct lifetime costs to public finances. There is also a strong correlation between unemployment and negative/harmful outcomes to individuals and communities e.g. drugs and alcohol misuse, crime and anti-social behaviour and mental health related illnesses.

B4H was registered with the Charities Commission on 7 March 2017.

B4H Trustees:

Stephen Cox
Stephen CoxTreasurer
BSc(Hons), PGCE, a former Head of dept. with over 28 years of teaching background. Acting B4H’s Safeguarding Co-ordinator with extensive experience including establishing and operating procedures in accordance with CCPAS guidelines. Stephen sees the work of B4H as invaluable and greatly needed.
Timothy Coleman
Timothy ColemanTrustee
Worked with a large range of charitable organisations delivering communications content and strategy. Loves the work of B4H and seeing the impact it has on young lives.
Lianne Benson
Lianne BensonFundraiser
Lianne is a qualified Social Worker, Fostering Assessor, previous Family and Intervention worker, prison outreach Leader and Youth Worker. Masters in Social work and BA Hons in Social and Community Studies.
Julia Coleman
Julia ColemanTrustee
A State Registered Nurse (SRN) who has experience working with vulnerable adults, as well as being a mother and grandmother. Julia is a mentor and trained advisor with a charity working with those who are struggling with life issues they face.

For more information about how you can work with us to transform lives, then please contact:



The budget for a typical cohort of 6 students is around £3,800 per student.

Visit our charity page on Virgin Money Giving

For more information about how you can work with us to transform lives, then please contact:


Heart of England Community Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation