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About us

What we do

We engage with organisations and employers in the construction industry to encourage them to offer work opportunities to disadvantaged young people. Through our annual events programme we bring together experts in the sector to identify and share best practice, and our annual Young Builder of the Year Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of socially excluded young people and the organisations that support them.

The people we help

We aim to empower disadvantaged young people, ranging from 14 to 25 years old at risk from social exclusion, those already excluded and young offenders.

Celebrating achievement

We hold the annual YBUK Young Builder of the Year Awards. The awards are given in two categories:

  • In education, 14 – 18 years old
  • In training/employment, 18 – 25 years old

The awards focus not only on the qualifications gained, but the distance travelled for each nominee, whether that’s rising to challenges, breaking down barriers or overcoming adversity to achieve success.

Our aim

“To alleviate poverty, relieve unemployment and advance the life of young people, for the public benefit, by providing, in particular but not exclusively, advice, support and education in construction skills.”

Our objectives

Engage

We work with employers, organisations and leaders in the construction industry who wish to offer training and work opportunities to disadvantaged young people.

Guide

We disseminate and share best practice, in particular by bringing together like-minded experts and young people at our events.

Celebrate Achievement

Our Annual Young Builder of the Year Awards celebrate the achievements of socially excluded young people and the organisations that support them.

Zinnia’s story
The road to success

Zinnia was the winner of the 2018 YBUK Young Builder of the Year Award. She had a difficult journey, but with the right help and guidance she acquired the skills to succeed in her chosen trade. Discover Zinnia’s remarkable story.

Read Zinnia’s Story

How we’re governed

We are a charity, a company limited by guarantee and governed by a Board of Trustees.

PRESIDENT

Rt Hon Sir John Hayes CBE MP

Sir John Hayes has been a MP since 1997, when he was elected to represent South Holland and the Deepings in Lincolnshire. He has held 5 ministerial positions, including Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning (when he first became involved with Youthbuild UK) and 6 shadow ministerial positions. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 2013.

Prior to becoming a MP, he was a director of a Nottingham based IT company and a Nottinghamshire County Councillor.

His varied interests include education, elections and campaigning, political ideas and philosophy, local government, agriculture, commerce and industry, welfare of the elderly and disabled people.

Trustees

Ian Davis

Chair

Ian has worked in the construction industry for almost 45 years. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer and his early career was with contractors and consultants in the UK and overseas. He was Director General of the Federation of Master Builders for nine years. Most recently he was the Executive Director with responsibility for Inspection, Building Control, Engineering, IT, Customer Services, External Training and Health and Safety at the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Joe Brennan

Deputy Chair

Joe's grassroots beginnings in the construction industry as an apprenticed carpenter with Bovis have held him in good stead to this day. After enjoying a successful period of using his carpentry and building skills, running his own business, Joe returned to his studies and altered direction, gaining teaching qualifications. A combination of his construction industry experience and teaching skills led Joe into construction training, working with Wimpey, Carillion, and the Notting Hill Housing Group, amongst others. Joe has extensive experience in designing and delivering construction training programmes; programmes aimed at, ex-offenders, long term unemployed and young people to name but a few. Joe is currently a director of Denbre Ltd, a consultancy specialising in employment and training.

Kevin OConnor

Trustee

Kevin is the Head of Social Responsibility and Inclusion at Durkan Limited, he started in the construction industry as a labourer for a flat roofer – his dad. He has spent time in public sector housing management at Welwyn Hatfield, and was an active trade unionist supporting career development and ‘trainability’. Following a return to education, he entered the voluntary sector working with street homeless alcohol and drugs services in North London. Kevin joined community contractor Durkan 16 years ago and following a series of site and office-based roles now heads up all aspects of social value and inclusion – including managing their apprenticeship and training programmes. He has a particular interest in mental health policy and was a volunteer for MIND for the past five years.

Miriam Lewis

Trustee

Livia Williams

Trustee

Livia is the Industry Director (Construction) at Youthbuild Ventures UK. With over 20 years in the roofing industry Livia has a wealth of experience and knowledge. She is dedicated to supporting the roofing industry at strategic level through the development of apprenticeships, training, management and qualifying the workforce. Furthermore, Livia is actively involved in promoting fairness and respect in the construction industry and empowering women in roofing through creating a common platform to meet, share best practice, develop career progression routes, coaching and mentoring.

David Pearce

Trustee

David is a construction consultant and retired university academic. David commenced his working life as an engineer on construction projects, progressing to project and subsequently contracts management roles both in the UK and abroad. Returning to the UK, David joined academia where he ran a suite of university courses in Building, Construction Management and Project Management. Apart from his consultancy, David is active with various professional bodies, including CIOB, APM and Constructing Excellence.

Darryl Stewart

Trustee

Darryl is the Head of Training and Analysis at NHBC. He started his career in the construction industry as a labourer on housing sites while studying at college. He joined North East Lincolnshire Building Control as a surveyor in 1992 where he spent the next six years. In 1998 he joined NHBC as a Building Control surveyor, where he went on to hold a wide range of diverse roles including managing teams and driving programmes of change. In his current role his primary focus is the support of the home building industry with impactful and engaging training targeted at driving safety, quality and customer excellence on site.

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EMAIL: enquiries@ybuk.org

Our location

Youthbuild UK Limited
c/o Denbre,
103a High Street,
Rickmansworth,
WD3 1AN

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