Monthly Archives - October 2014

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

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.



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