Youthbuild UK

Guest speaker for the Young Builder of the Year awards announced

JohnBirdThe Trustees of Youthbuild UK are delighted to announce that John Bird, the founder of the Big Issue, will be this year’s guest speaker.

John had a very turbulent and difficult time as a young person and fully understands how the finalists of this year’s Young Builder of the Year Awards have had to overcame barriers in their personal lives to succeed in the construction industry.

He says that he has ” transformed himself from being part of the problem of society into being part of the solution”.

In recognition of his services he was created a life peer in 2015, Lord Bird of Nottinghill.


Finalists for the 2016 Young Builder of the Year are announced

Many thanks to all of this year’s applicants and to their supporting organisations / employers.

Following the judging process, carried out during August, this year’s finalists have been chosen. There are six from the 14 to 18 year old category and fifteen from the 18 to 24 year old category.

To find out who the Finalists  of  the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards are, please visit the 2016 Awards page.


Ryan Cook (pictured left) of Lovell, was chosen as the 2015 Young Builder of the Year, who will succeed him?


The 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards are sponsored by NHBC, Skanska, Toolstation, B&CE Charitable Trust and CECA, please see Sponsors page.

We would also like to thank our 2016 Patrons for the support.


Building Pathways 2016

s (8)Can the construction industry work together with public and third sectors to support young people enter the industry? A variety of speakers illustrated how they had succeeded in doing so at the Building Pathways event held on Wednesday 8th June 2016, in Salford. To find out more, please visit the Building Pathways 2016 page.


New Chair for Youthbuild UK

16-YBUK-6606Stephen Ratcliffe, formerly Director of UKCG, was appointed as Chair of Youthbuild UK at the Trustees meeting held on 6th April 2016. Stephen has been involved with Youthbuild UK for the last 5 years as Chair of the Young Builder of the Year Awards Judging Panel and became a Trustee in November 2015.


Patrons’ Event 2016



Guests at Youthbuild UK’s Patrons’ Event held in the iconic River Room at the House of Lords, on the 10th February 2016. For more information please go to the Patrons’ Event 2016 page.



Celebrating Young Peoples’ Success