2018 Awards

Winners of the 2018 Young Builder of the Year Awards announced

Youthbuild UK are delighted to announce that Zinnia Young of Centrepoint/NEAS from Sunderland was chosen as the 2018 Young Builder of the Year and Joshua Smith of Bradford College/Archway from Bradford as the Winner of the 14 to 18 year old category.

The 19th Young Builder of the Year Awards celebrate the achievements of young people, who despite having to overcome a range of barriers have succeeded in training for and or gaining employment in the construction industry.

The results were announced at the Awards Ceremony held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 17th October 2018 attended by around 150 people, including the finalists, their family members, mentors, employers a range of senior figures from the construction industry and MP’s, as follows: –

Joshua and Zinnia pictured with new Youthbuild UK President, RT Hon John Hayes MP

14 to 18 year old age category

Joshua Smith Bradford College/Archway, Bradford

Joint Runners Up
Jack Ford Barratt David Wilson, Southampton
Andrew Sykes Walter Thompson, Northallerton
Highly Commended
Callum Pallant Essex Youthbuild, Chelmsford

Grant Ballantine Kibble, Paisley
Jake Bradshaw Centar Surfacing, High Wycombe
Alfie Bristow St Ed’s, Norwich
Sterling Couture Kibble, Paisley
Andrew Sykes Walter Thompson, Northallerton

18 to 24 year old age group

Zinnia Young Centrepoint/NEAS, Sunderland

Runner Up
Joe D’Abreu BAM, London

Highly Commended
James Daley Construction Training South West/Classic Builders, Plymouth
Jake Kreps BAM, Ely, Cambridgeshire
Jennifer Prosser Redrow, Liverpool

Warise Anyanwu Think Big Developments, Nottingham
Kevin Barber Skanska, Billericay
Pedro Dias Skanska, London
Anthony Gabriel Berkeley Group, Southall
Alan Gardiner Volker Wessells, Hoddledon, Hertfordshire
Iesha Smith L&Q, London
Ryan Spolton A14 Integrated Delivery Team/Hercules Site Services, Cambridge

Rt Hon John Hayes MP, the new President of Youthbuild UK, addresses the 2018 Young Builder of the Year Awards
The 2018 Finalists with John Hayes

Commended: Grant Ballantine, Jake Bradshaw, Sterling Couture (received by Bryan Shaw in his absence) and Alfie Bristow

Highly Commended: Callum Paliant and Joint Runner Up: Andrew Sykes

Joint Runner Up: Jack Ford and Winner: Josh Smith

18 to 24 Year Old Category

Commended: Iesha Smith, Ryan Spolton, Alan Gardiner, Anthony Gabriel, Warise Anyanwu, Kevin Barber and Pedro Dias

Highly Commended: James Daley, Jake Krepps and Jennifer Prosser

Runner Up: Joe D’Abreu and Winner: Zinnia Young

Guests at the Awards

Sponsors of the Young Builder of the Year Awardst

Alasdair Reisner of CECA, who is also Chair of the Judging Panel

Barbara Dinsdale of B&CE and John Meaden of Toolstation

Stephen Williams of Bromford and Steve Wood of NHBC

2018 Young Builder of the Year – Zinnia Young

Winner: Zinnia Young with her MP Bridget Phillipson

For the 2018 Young Builder of the Year Awards there is a prize fund of £7,500 and all shortlisted finalists received a certificate and Dewalt tools. Those Highly Commended or Runners Up also received cash prizes. In addition, the Winners also received an engraved trophy. All the Finalists finished their day with a trip on the London Eye.

A special award of £500 of tools was made to Bradford College in recognition of their support in supporting young people enter the construction industry.

We would like to record our thanks to our President, Rt Hon Baroness Smith of Basildon for hosting the event and to thank her for all the support that she has given Youthbuild UK during her time as President.

We are delighted to welcome Rt Hon John Hayes MP as our new President and look forward to working with him in the future.

The Young Builder of the Year Awards would not take place without the support of our sponsors and we thank NHBC, Toolstation, B&CE Charitable Trust, CECA and Bromford for their generous support,

for further information please visit our Sponsors page.