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2022 Young Builder of the Year Awards announced


Whilst a turbulent Prime Minister's Question time was taking place in the House of Commons chamber on the 19 October, in the Commons' Terrace Pavilion the 2022 Young Builder of the Year awards were being announced.

The finalists of the 2022 Young Builder of the Year Awards were introduced to rousing applause from a 150 strong audience of industry leaders, parliamentarians, friends, family and supporting organisations.

All of them had overcome significant challenges and barriers to reach the final 18 selected by an independent panel of judges led by Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association.

Hosted by Youthbuild UK’s President, Sir John Hayes MP, the awards ceremony was the first since the pandemic.

Ian Davis, Youthbuild UK’s Chairman, acted as Master of Ceremonies and announced the finalists who had been Commended and Highly Commended in the 14 -18 year old age category.

Nicola Sinclair, of the Building and Civil Charitable Trust, announced the Runners-up before Greg Richardson, Toolstation’s Head of Marketing, opened the golden envelope and revealed the Winner of the 14 – 18 age group – Kye Belmont, nominated by Lee Marley Brickwork and Brooklands College.

In the 19 – 25 year old age category, Robert Nettleton. CEO of Bromford, announced the Highly Commended finalists, with Lynn Way, President of the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation, announcing the Runners – up. Reiss Doherty, nominated by Barratt Developments, scooped the coveted winner’s trophy which was presented by Steve Wood, CEO of NHBC.

St Edmunds Society won the award for the Best Supporting Organisation for 14 – 18 year old young people in vocational education and were presented with a prize fo £1,000 worth of tools and equipment from Toolstation.

All the finalists received tools prizes from Toolstation. Finalist who were Highly Commended, Runners-up or Winners received a cash prize from Youthbuild UK up to £250, as well tools prizes from Toolstation.

The full list of awards is below.

14 – 18 Year old Category

First NameLast NamePlacingSkillNominated by
KyeBelmontWinnerBricklayingLee Marley Brickwork/Brooklands College
BrandonDaviesRunner-upHeating and plumbingCyfle Building Skills, Ammanford
LolaFannonRunner-upGeneral constructionPreston Vocational Centre
MiaMcGowanRunner-upPainting and decoratingSheaf Training College, Sheffield
AidanArthurtonHighly CommendedMulti-tradeSt Edmunds Society
KimCullenCommendedBricklayingDudley College CAT
Kieran DyjasCommendedMulti-trade/bricklayingSt Edmunds Society
CharlieHillCommendedMulti-trade/bricklayingSt Edmunds Society
CameronHortonCommendedRoofingJuniper Training
JackBoffeyCommendedBricklayingReaseheath College

19 – 25 Years old Category

First NameLast NamePlacingSkillNominated by
ReissDohertyWinnerQuantity surveyingBarratt Developments
LukeDeanRunner-upBricklayingBarratt Developments/Stephenson College
DanBoamHighly CommendedSite managementBromford
Andrew SykesHighly CommendedBricklaying/site managementWalter Thompson (Contractors)
HarryWallHighly CommendedGround works/landscapingGalldris
Sean RiversHighly CommendedMulti-trade/electricianYouthbuild Ventures/ Durkan
Billy BennettHighly CommendedMulti-trade/electricianYouthbuild Ventures/ Durkan

Best Supporting Organisation for Young People aged 14 – 18 in Vocational Education

St Edmunds Society

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