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Finalists announced for the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards

Following the judging process the following have been chosen as this year’s finalists: –

14 to 18 Year Olds still in education or training (including apprentices)

Harry Knox                        Barnardo’s – The Hub

Marc Lambert                   Action for Children and Carter Ceilings

Chloe MacDonald            Action for Children and Baxter & Gillespie

Jack Metcalfe                    Farnborough College and Barratt Homes

Sophie Tomkins               St Edmond’s Society

Luke Wilson                       Action for Children and DV McColl


18 to 24 Year Olds in employment and training

Jordan Ball                         Construction Design Centre

Thomas Barber                 Kier

Jennifer Danaher            Balfour Beatty

Walid Durani                    Farnborough College

James Eastham               Eric Wright Construction

Sam Jones                          Coleman & Co

Kamila Laton                    Balfour Beatty

Gary McGeown                JW Joinery

Pablo Morgan                   Notting Hill Housing CTI

Chide Nnebe                     Durkan

Justin Phillips                  Morgan Sindall

Daniel Stonebridge        Notting Hill Housing CTI

Charlie Walsh                   Hobson & Porter

Billy Welch                        Costain

Alez Zacharewizc            Cyfle Building Skills

All finalists are invited to the Awards Ceremony at the House of Commons, held on 19th October 2016, when the winner will be announced


New Trustee for Youthbuild UK

We are delighted to announce that Kevin O’Connor, the Head of Social Responsibility and Inclusion at Durkan Limited has joined the Board of Trustees.

Kevin’s experience in voluntary sector, working with street homeless alcohol and drugs services together with his extensive construction experience, means that he fully understands and appreciates the Youthbuild ethos.

We very much look forward to working with Kevin in the future.



2016 Awards are now open

Applications for the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards are now open.

There are two categories: –

14 to 18 year olds still in education or training

18 to 24 year olds in employment or training

For further information about the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards, please go to the 2016 Awards page, where guidance about completing applications and the application forms can be downloaded from.

Applications close on Friday 29th July 2016.

For 2016, there is an overall prize fund of £7,500.

The 20 finalists will be invited to the Awards Ceremony, to be held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 19th October 2016, when the winner will be announced.

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


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.



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”.


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?


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.



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.