Yearly Archives - 2014

New President for YBUK

Youthbuild UK are delighted to announce that Angela Smith,  the Rt Hon the Baroness Smith of Basildon has agreed to become our new President.

AS - head and shouldersPrior to joining the House of Lords in July 2010, Angela was the MP for Basildon for 13 years. She is currently the Shadow Spokesperson for Home Affairs and Opposition Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords., having previously held a number of posts in Government and Opposition including Minister of State at the Cabinet Office with responsibility for the Third Sector and Social Exclusion.

Outside of Parliament Angela is involved in a number of charities and voluntary organisations, currently Chair of the Production Exchange, Chair of Resolving Chaos, Ambassador of the Royal Voluntary Service, Vice President of the League against Cruel Sports and Vice President of the Local Government Association.

We very much look forward to working with Angela in the future.

We would like to place on record our thanks to the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP who has been our president for the last six years and who has been a supporter of Youthbuild UK for over ten years. Without Nick’s guidance and mentoring we would not have become the successful and stable organisation we now are.

 

 

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Brett wins again!

Rugby League Success for 2014 Young Builder of the Year

Brett Barlow of Chevin Housing, the 2014 winner of the Young Builder of the Year Awards, has been selected to play for the Yorkshire Under 19 Amateur Rugby League team.

In his first game for them, a 40 points to 6 points victory over Cumbria, Brett scored 3 tries.

Brett Barlow rugby

We have been informed that a number of professional rugby league teams are showing interest in Brett, however he is determined to complete his NVQ Level 3 in Joinery.

He has said that he will consider offers to train with a professional club if he can combine it with his work for Chevin Housing and finisishing his NVQ.

We wish Brett all the best in his forthcoming rugby league matches for Yorkshire.

 

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200,000 Builders Wanted!

More Training Required to Meet Demand for Construction Workers

In his address to the Young Builder of the Year Awards, at the House of Commons on 15th October 2014, Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, President of Youthbuild UK, highlighted the skills shortage facing the Construction industry. He expained that in every recession training and apprenticeships were severely curtailed and that tens of thousands of older workers left the industry, never to return. Therefore when construction demand picked up a huge skills gap occurred – this currently stood at 200,000 jobs. He said that we need to encourage more young people to enter the industry and that the finalists at today’s Awards were great examples of how this demand could be met.

Stephen Ratcliffe, Chair of the Judging Panel and Director of the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) emphasised this by saying that all the major UK contractors were facing a skills shortage. UKCG have announced their campaign to attract more people into the industry “Born to Build” – to find out more go to https://borntobuild.org.uk/

Paul High, Managing Director of Orbit Housing, Paul Chandler, Executive Vice President of Skanska UK and David Shaw, Director of Places for People all highlighted the need for young people to train for and enter the construction industry to meet the demand they had within their organisations.

 

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Brett is the 2014 Young Builder of the Year

The Winners of the 2014 Young Builder of the Year Awards were announced at the House of Commons on 15th October

Brett Barlow of Chevin Housing, Wakefield, was chosen as the 2014 Young Builder of the Year. He has had to overcome a series of traumatic family events before qualiying as a joiner.

Young Builder of the year awards 2014. House of Commons, London.

Brett pictured with Youthbuild UK President Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP and Baroness Smith of Basildon

Our congratulations to all the 2014 finalists, who have overcome personal barriers to train for and/or become employed in the construction industry.

14 to 16 Year Old Category Joint Winners: Tiffany Treanor-Johnson and Sam Alexander Commended: Luke Clarke, Orlando Horner and Jake Mawson

16 to 24 Year Old Category Winner: Brett Barlow Joint Runners Up: Vana O’Brien and Ralph Davis Highly Commended: Dylan Jones and Lewis Matthews Commended: Michael Bills, Russell Boulton, James Cocks, Joe Hayes, Dillon Hutton, Shaun Lee, Tommy Lee, Frazer Niven, Jordan Richards and James Watson

The 2014 finalists, pictured below: –

The 2014 Finalists

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2014 Finalists Announced

2014 Young Builder of the Year Finalists Announced

Youthbuild UK are delighted to announce that the following have been chosen as finalists for the 2014 Young Builder of the Year Awards: –

14 to 16 Year old category

Sam Alexander, Luke Clarke, Orlando Horner, Jake Mawson and Tiffany Treanor-Johnson

16 to 24 year old category

Brett Barlow, Mitchell Bills, Russell Boulton, James Cocks, Ralph Davis, Joe Hayes, Dillon Hutton, Dylan Jones, Shaun Lee, Tommy Lee, Lewis Matthews , Fraser Niven, Vana O’Brien, Jordan Richards and James Watson

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, to be held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 15th October 2014.

 

 

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New Closing Date For Applications

Deadline For Applications Is Now 31st July 2014

Applications for the 2014 Young Builder of the Year Awards will now close on Thursday 31st July 2014.

We have received a significant number of requests from potential applicants and their supportng organisations for a little extra time to complete their applications.

There is still the opportunity for you to become the 2014 Young Builder of the Year.

We are seeking applications from two categories: –

  • 14 to 16 year olds still in education
  • 16 to 24 year olds in employment or training

For 2014 there is a prize fund of £7,500 and the overall winner will receive up to £1,500 (including tools). All finalists receive a tools voucher and have a trip on the London Eye.

Celebrating Young People’s Success

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Final Reminder for Applications for the 2014 Awards

Applications for the 2014 Awards close on Friday, 25th July 2014

We are seeking applications from two categories: –

  • 14 to 16 year olds still in education
  • 16 to 24 year olds in employment or training

Could you be the 2014 winner?

George Clarke, Kimberley Beagan, Jake George and Nick Raynsford

George Clarke, Kimberley Beagan, Jake George and Nick Raynsford

For 2014 there is a prize fund of £7,500 and the overall winner will receive up to £1,500 (including tools).Applications open on 6th May and close on 25th July 2014.

20 finalists will be chosen and invited to the Awards Ceremony at the House of Commons on Wednesday 15th October 2014, when the winners will be announced.

The 15th Young Builder of the Year Awards celebrate the achievements of young people, who despite having to overcome a range of barriers have succeeded in training for and or gaining employment in the construction industry.

To find out more and download an application form, please go to the 2014 Awards page.

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New Chief Executive for CECA

 

Alasdair Reisner

Youthbuild UK are delighted to report that Alasdair Reisner, who has been one of the judges of the Young Builder of the Year Awards since 2011, was appointed as Chief Executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) in April this year.

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association is the representative body for companies who work day-to-day to deliver, upgrade, and maintain the country’s infrastructure.

 

 

With more than 300 members, employing around 250,000 people, split across eight regions, CECA represents firms who together carry out an estimated 70-80 per cent of all civil engineering activity in the UK, worth some £15 billion, in the key sectors of transport, energy, communications, waste and water.

Alasdair stated “as our industry drives out of recession it remains vitally important that we attract the next generation of workers who will create the new infrastructure of the 21st century. I am proud to support Youthbuild and look forward to this year’s judging. I hope that some of the candidates will see the awards as a first stepping stone on the way to a rewarding career in our sector.”

Alasdair was formerly CECA’s Director of External Affairs, having joined from Construction News in 2008.

For more information, please go to our Judges page

 

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New Judge for 2014 Awards

Youthbuild UK (YBUK) are delighted to announce that Neil Carroll, Managing Director of Toolstation has agreed to join the Judging Panel for the 2014 Awards.

For further information please see the Judges page on our website.

This is an exciting development in the growing partnership between YBUK and Toolstation which began in September 2013 when Toolstation stepped in at the last minute to donate the “tools prizes”.

For the 2014 Awards Toolstation are donating a prize fund of £5,000, with the Winner of the 16 to 24 year olds category receiving £1,000 of tools and the Runner Up £500 of tools. The Winner of the 14 to 16 year old category and their training organisation both receive £500 of tools. The remainder of the tools prize fund being shared between the remaining finalists.

Toolstation will set up individual accounts for all twenty finalists to the value of their prizes. Each finalist can then choose tools, up to the value of their award, from the extensive range of tools on offer in the Toolstation catalogue.

Neil Carroll, Managing Director at Toolstation comments:

“ Toolstation is pleased to be the prize sponsor of the Young Builder Awards again this year. To help support the future of the building trade is an honour. There is incredible talent out there and it is great to see this recognised through these awards.”

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UKCG Sponsorship

Youthbuild UK are delighted to announce that UKCG will again sponsor the Finalists’ Trip on the London Eye, which takes place immediately after the Awards Ceremony at the House of Commons on 15th October 2014.

Please see the 2014 Sponsors page for further information about UKCG and our other sponsors.

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