2017 Awards

The Winners of the 2017 Young Builder of the Year Awards are announced

The 2017 finalists pictured Baroness Smith of Basildon and Lindsay Hoyle MP at the House of Commons


Lindsay Hoyle MP, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons was our guest presenter this year. He told us how he started his working life as a bricklayer, before entering politics. He highlighted the demand that there is for skilled construction workers and suggested that our finalists could have a job for life carrying out the refurbishment of the Houses of Parliament!


We would like to express our thanks to Baroness Smith of Basildon, the President of Youthbuild UK, for once again arranging for the Awards Ceremony to be held on the House of Commons Terrace, and for her ongoing support.


Judy Cobham-Lowe, one of the Judges, explained the judging process and stated how difficult it was to choose between the candidates who had all achieved so much in transforming their lives and that they were all winners.

Arben is announced as the 2017 Young Builder of the Year

The Winners of the 2017 Young Builder of the Year Awards were announced at the Awards Ceremony held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 18th October 2017, as follows: –

14 to 18 year old category

Winner – Kyron Dalton of Essex Youthbuild, Chelmsford, Essex



Runner-Up – Zafar Tandel The Hub Construction Skills Centre, Barnardo’s, London


CommendedHarvey Baker – Essex Youthbuild, Chelmsford, Essex, Anthony Brown – The Hub Construction Skills Centre, Barnardo’s, London, Thomas Forster – Palmersville Training, Barnardo’s, Newcastle upon Tyne and Callum HarrisLovell Parnership, Birmingham (Callum and Harvey are pictured receiving their Awards)

Jane Cosh of Essex Youthbuild receiving a special award, in recognition of the exceptional work they carry out supporting disadvantaged young people re-engage and enter the construction industry.


18 to 24 year old category


Winner – Arben Faulkner

The Electrical Company, London




Runner-Up – Elizabeth Tanner

Merlin Housing Society, Bristol


Highly CommendedElizabeth Gibbs – Redrow Homes, Tamworth, Adriano Rodrigues – Notting Hill Housing Group, London, Jermal Thomas – Multiplex Construction Europe, London and Jordon Saunders – TrAC / Morgan Sindall, Brighton (not pictured)

CommendedLewis Clayton – Wakefield District Housing, Wakefield, Morwenna Harrington – Bath College, Bath, Daniel Murray – Wates, Birmingham, Kain Myatt – Weaver Vale Housing Trust, Northwich, Abdourahim Njie – BAM Construct UK, Hemel Hempstead, Aimal Rahmani – East Thames / Higgins Construction, London, Elliot Smith – St Edmunds Society, Norwich, Dean Stevens – Notting Hill Housing Group, London and Charlotte Twaite – Cyfle Building Skills, Neath

Our guests enjoying the Awards Ceremony, held on the House of Commons Terrace


We heard from our sponsors Steve wood of NHBC, Briony Wickendon of CECA, Nicola Sinclair of B&CE and John Meaden of Toolstation,  about why they were involved in the Young Builder of the Year Awards, and they re-iterated the need to engage more young people to enter the construction to meet the growing demand for skilled workers.




The finalists ended their day with a trip on the London Eye.


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

The competition which began in 2000 is open to young builders from across the UK and is now entering its 18th year.

The finalists are invited to the Awards Ceremony, held at the House of Commons, in October each year, when the winners are announced.

We are seek applications from young builders who are: –

  • in employment and/or training aged between 18 and 24 years old.
  • still in education or training (including apprentices) aged between 14 and 18 years old.

There is a prize fund of £7,500 and all shortlisted finalists will receive a certificate and tools vouchers.

Subject to the judge’s discretion the winner of the 18 – 24 year old category may receive up to £1,500 (including tools), with further awards to the runners up.

The winner of the 14 to 18 year old category will receive up to £750 (including tools) and their educational establishment will receive tools worth up to £500.

For further information, please contact Howard Platts, by telephone: 07779 962221 or by e-mail: howard@ybuk.org

The 2017 Young Builder of the Year Awards are sponsored by NHBC, Skanska, Toolstation, B&CE Charitable Trust and CECA for further information please visit our Sponsors page