Youthbuild UK has announced the winners of the Young Builder of the Year Awards at an event held at the House of Commons, in and event celebrating its 18th year.
This year’s awards were presented by the Rt Hon Lindsay Hoyle MP, deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, who started his working life as a bricklayer.
From a range of candidates from across the country, the overall winner was Arben Faulkner of The Electrical Company, based in London. The young man has overcome a series of personal and family traumas to recently come to the end of his apprenticeship and qualify as an electrician.
In all, over 140 people attended this year’s ceremony, including some senior figures from the construction industry, colleges, training organizations and politicians, together with the finalists and their families.
Runner up was Elizabeth Tanner, based in Bristol, a qualified painter and decorator with Merlin Housing Society, who has overcome depression and homelessness and is now mentor to four apprentices. A trainee bricklayer with Essex Youthbuild, Kyron Dalton, won the 14- to 18 year-old category.
All winners were presented with a trophy, a framed certificate, a cheque, and vouchers from Toolstation, one of the Awards’ sponsors.
The Essex Youthbuild organisation was presented with a special award recognising its efforts and success in giving opportunities to disaffected/disadvantaged young people to train for the construction industry.