Yearly Archives - 2015

New Trustees

John Gillespie, who has been a Trustee for over 10 years, latterly as Chair, has stood down as a Trustee.

We would like to place on record our thanks for the tremendous support that John has given Youthbuild UK over many years.

Joe Brennan has been appointed as Chair.

We are delighted to welcome three new Trustees, John Attley, David Pearce and Stephen Ratcliffe.

For further details, please visit the Trustees page.


New Sponsor for the 2015 Awards

Youthbuild UK are delighted to announce that B&CE’s Charitable Trust are to sponsor the 2015 Young Builder of the Year Awards

B&CE are specialist providers of workplace pensions, accident, healthcare and life cover to the construction industry

B&CE’s Charitable Trust – Giving back to construction

The B&CE Charitable Trust was set up in 1991 to help construction workers in need and it’s paid out over £2m so far. It was founded by not-for-profit organisation, B&CE, which has been providing employee benefits for the construction industry for over 70 years.

B&CE’s Charitable Trust has three main aims – to provide:

  1. financial help for people in times of need
  2. grants towards education, training and retraining
  3. grants towards occupational health and safety initiatives

For times of need

Life doesn’t always go to plan. The B&CE Charitable Trust is here to help individuals when difficulty strikes like redundancy or unemployment.

Help for education and training

We believe education and training can help build a strong future for the UK’s construction industry. We support initiatives that help individuals looking to start their career in construction or return to it after a break.

Grants for health and safety

We’re working towards a safer construction industry for all. The Charitable Trust supports groups focused on workers’ health and safety and works in partnership with trade unions, federations and organisations who deal with occupational health and safety initiatives.

For more information about the B&CE Charitable Trust, take a look at our website:



2015 Young Builder of the Year Finalists announced


The finalists of the 2015 Young Builder of the Year Awards 2015 were announced today, 17th August 2015

14 to 16 Year old category

Cameron Edwards, Tom Mills and Brett Morrison  

16 to 24 year old category

Khaled Ahmed, Nathan Buckley, Ryan Cook, Shaun Cowell, Courtney Henry-Sang, Leyland Jones,  Rebecca Lee,  Jaimee-Leigh Lister,  Robbie McConnell, Keeley McIntyre, Rebecca Russell, Matthew Stanford, Jason Tuitt, Owain Wearing-Evans and Jac Wearing-Evans.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony, held at the House of Commons on 15th October 2015.


Building Pathways

Youthbuild UK address the issues of youth unemployment and construction industry skills gap with the Building Pathways event which will examine how to unleash the potential of disengaged, disaffected youth to fill the construction industry skills gap.

(10 March, 2015) In order to help encourage the younger generation into the construction industry, Youthbuild UK is holding a Building Pathways event in Leeds on 18th March. The event, sponsored by Toolstation, will feature speakers including young people who have transformed their lives by entering the construction industry, and from a variety of organisations who provide the opportunities for youths.

As reported by the House of Commons in February 2015, 963,000 young people in England are not in education, employment or training (NEETS)[i]. It is also estimated by the Construction Industry Training Board that over 220,000 jobs will be created in the construction industry by 2019; as a result, demand for workers will be high and skills gaps will emerge[ii]. Youthbuild UK believe that the skills gap in the construction industry is the perfect opportunity for disadvantaged and disengaged youth to enter the workforce, and prove themselves as first class employees.

John Gillespie, Chair of Youthbuild UK, says: “Like many people, I became involved with Youthbuild as a result of my desire to both help disengaged, disadvantaged young people and to give them an opportunity to train for and become employed in the construction industry. Building Pathways showcases how different organisations have become involved in the “Youthbuild” ideal. It also provides examples of how young people have positively responded to the opportunities they have been given.”

Toolstation and Youthbuild UK’s association began in 2013, with Toolstation providing prizes for the winners and runners up of the Young Builder of the Year award. In 2014 this relationship grew with the continuation of prizes and the company’s Commercial Development Director, Neil Carroll, representing Toolstation on the panel of judges.

“It’s a great cause,” says Neil Carroll. “Helping support the development of young the building trade is something that we care about and are honoured to be involved in. There is incredible talent out there from young people within the industry and it is great to be able to see recognition and success stories championed by Youthbuild UK.”

The Building Pathways event will be held on 18th March from 12-4pm at The Carriageworks in Leeds. To reserve a place at the event contact

[i] UK Parliament, (2015). NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training – Commons Library Standard Note. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 Mar. 2015].

[ii], (2015). UK – CITB. [online] Available at: [Accessed 5 Mar. 2015].