Winners of the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards Announced

Winners of the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards Announced


Youthbuild UK has announced that Chidi Nnebe of Durkan, a London based construction company, is the 2016 Young Builder of the Year.

The UK-wide awards celebrate the achievements of young people who have overcome personal barriers to train and work for the construction industry.  The awards ceremony was held at the House of Commons on 19 October 2016 and the winners were presented with a trophy, framed certificate, a cheque, and vouchers from Toolstation, one of the sponsors of the awards.

Now in its seventeenth year, the Young Builder of the Year Awards has attracted a growing number of entries from the future talent of the UK construction industry each year.

Over 140 people were present at this year’s ceremony, including politicians, senior figures from the construction industry, colleges, training organisations, finalists and their families. All the finalists finished the day with a trip on The London Eye.

Chidi Nnebe, who has recently completed his apprenticeship in bricklaying with Durkan in London, was named as Young Builder of the Year 2016. Chidi had to overcome a series of personal and family traumas before starting his apprenticeship.

Jennifer Danaher, from Wigan, who is a trainee quantity surveyor at Balfour Beatty, was chosen as the Runners Up.

Chloe MacDonald, an apprentice painter and decorator with Baxter and Gillespie, Glasgow, was chosen as the winner of the 14 to 18 year-old category.

Action for Children, Glasgow, received a special award to support their ongoing work in giving opportunities to disaffected/disadvantaged young people to train for the construction industry, including Chloe MacDonald and the 14 to 18 year old category Runner Up Marc Lambert.

John B, Chidi, ChloeChidi Nnebe and Chloe MacDonald with John Bird

Lord Bird of Nottinghill (John Bird the founder of the Big Issue) presented this year’s Awards.

We are grateful to the Rt Hon the Baroness Smith of Basildon, the President of Youthbuild UK, for sponsoring the Awards at the House of Commons.

This year’s high profile judging panel was chaired by Stephen Ratcliffe, formerly Director of the UK Contractors Group; other judges included Neil Carroll, Commercial Development Director of Toolstation; Paul Chandler, Executive Vice President of Skanska; Judy Lowe OBE formerly Deputy Chairman of CITB; Geoff Mann, Industry Training Manager of NHBC and Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA).

The sponsors of the 2016 awards were NHBC, Skanska, Toolstation, B&CE Charitable Trust and CECA.

2016 Finalists

The 2016 Finalists, pictured on the House of Commons Terrace

The results of the 2016 Young Builder of the Year Awards are given below: –

14 to 18 Year Old Category
Winner: Chloe MacDonald
Runner up: Marc Lambert
Commended: Harry Knox, Jack Metcalfe, Sophie Tomkins and Luke Wilson

18 to 24 Year Old Category
Winner: Chidi Nnebe
Runner up: Jennifer Danaher
Highly Commended: James Eastham, Pablo Morgan and Justin Phillips
Commended: Jordan Ball, Thomas Barber, Walid Durani, Sam Jones, Kamila Laton, Gary McGeown, Daniel Stonebridge, Charlie Walsh, Billy Welch and Alec Zacharewicz

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