New Chair for YBUK

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

Joe Brennan was appointed as Deputy Chair. Joe had been acting as interim Chair for the last year and we wish to thank him for his hard work in keeping us on track during that time.

Livia Williams of the Roofing Industry Alliance was also appointed as a Trustee of YBUK at the same meeting.

 

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CECA to sponsor the Young Builder of the Year Awards

Youthbuild UK are delighted to announce that the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) are to sponsor the Young Builder of the Year Awards Finalists’ trip on the London Eye.

The 20 finalists of the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards will be invited to the Awards Ceremony at the House of Commons on Wednesday 19th October 2016, when the winner will be announced. Following the Awards Ceremony the finalists go on a trip on the London Eye – a fitting end to the day.

Alastair Reisner the CECA Chief Executive said that he was “very happy to take over from UKCG in sponsoring the Finalists’ trip on the London Eye”.

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Building Pathways 8th June 2016

 

 

Building Pathways 2016

Youthbuild UK are delighted to announce that the next Building Pathways event will be held on Wednesday 8th June 2016, at the Court House, Salford.

 

Could you help unleash the potential of disengaged, disaffected

young people to fill the construction industry skills gap

There is a 200,000 shortfall in the construction workforce and there almost a million young people not in education, employment or training.

A potential solution is to give opportunities to disengaged young people to train for and / or become employed in the construction industry.

Does it work? Not in all cases, but when it does the results are amazing!

 

Why get involved: Brett’s story is an inspiration to us all

Brett Barlow - 2014 Winner 16 to 24 categoryThe 2014 Young Builder of the Year has had a traumatic home life, following the death of his mother, his father had a triple heart bypass and he became his carer. Unsurprisingly he left school with few qualifications, but he had the desire to work with his hands. Brett managed to get a place at the Chevin Housing training school where his attitude and aptitude led to him being given an apprenticeship as a joiner. He has managed to successfully combine this with his role as a carer. His Managers describe him as “having a maturity well beyond his years” and that “he was always obliging and went the extra mile when he was working in these tenant’s properties” and finally that “his caring attitude is a great reflection on our Organisation”. Since winning the Young Builder of the Year Award Brett has completed his NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery and has represented the Great Britain Under 21 Rugby League team.

Could you give opportunities to help to create the “workforce of the future”?

There are, already, hundreds of organisations, from small charities and construction micro businesses to housing associations, major contractors and charities such as Action for Children and Barnardo’s that are already giving opportunities to disengaged, disaffected young people to train for and enter the world of employment. Construction offers a chance to learn skills that can provide well paid employment that can transform young people’s lives.

 

They can’t all be wrong, why don’t you join them?

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Patrons’ Event

Youthbuild UK are holding a Patron’s Event, sponsored by our President, Baroness Smith of Basildon, in the River Room, House of Lords, on the evening of Wednesday 10th February.

Attendees will hear why schools and major contractors support the Young Builder of the Year Awards, and how the runner up in 2011 has developed her career.

We will also be announcing the inaugural winner o the “Ken Claxton Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award”. Ken was the founder of  Youthbuild UK and inspiration for the Young Builder of the Year Awards. We are delighted that Ken’s daughter will be presenting the Award.

 

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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.

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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: www.bandce.co.uk/charitable-trust

 

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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.

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Youthbuild President becomes Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

Following the recent election, Youthbuild UK President, Angela Smith, the Rt Hon the Baroness Smith of Basildon, has been appointed the Shadow Leader of the House of Lords and has become a member of the Shadow Cabinet.

We wish Angela every success in her new role.

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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 howard@ybuk.org.

[i] UK Parliament, (2015). NEET: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training – Commons Library Standard Note. [online] Available at: http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/research/briefing-papers/SN06705/neet-young-people-not-in-education-employment-or-training [Accessed 5 Mar. 2015].

[ii] Citb.co.uk, (2015). UK – CITB. [online] Available at: http://www.citb.co.uk/research/construction-skills-network/uk/ [Accessed 5 Mar. 2015].

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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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