Youth overcome barriers to triumph in construction industry

A number of young people who have forged a career in construction after overcoming a variety of obstacles have been recognised at an awards evening, supported by HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The Construction Youth Trust is now in its fourth year and celebrates young professionals who have overcome significant barriers to succeed in the construction sector.

All of the shortlisted candidates in the ceremony’s five categories joined over 200 senior industry figures and the scheme’s patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, at an awards evening hosted at the Underglobe on March 19, where the winners were announced:

Winner of winners: Dylan Shankland, North Ayrshire Council

Construction Delivery: Yasar Ugur, Berkeley Homes
Design and Architecture: Sarah Habershon, Hawkins Brown Architects
Engineering: Yvonne Murphy, Arup
Project Management Winner: Nazma Uddin, Rise Management Consultant
Surveying Joint Winners: Luke Brooker, EC Harris and Dylan Shankland, North Ayrshire Council

Overall winner Dylan Shankland, 23, works as a shadow contract performance supervisor after a serious car accident left him unable to pursue a career with any manual labour. After originally starting out as an apprentice plasterer, Mr. Shankland is now also studying for a degree in quantity surveying.

All of the winners will each receive a unique package of support through the Trust and development opportunities via a one-year mentoring programme to enable them to make an even greater impact in their future careers.

Christine Townley, director of the Construction Youth Trust, said: “The Awards [have] once again shown some exceptional young talent and it was a real privilege to meet them all. They have all made significant achievements despite having to overcome challenges to get there and they all deserved the recognition they received. We are very lucky that they have all chosen construction as a career – they are the future of the success of the industry.

“As a charity we support young people from all walks of life to enter the construction industry and we hope that by showcasing what these young people have achieved and recognising any challenges they have overcome, that we can show the next generation of young professionals the wealth of opportunities available in the sector.”

She added: “We are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors, judges and our Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, for making these awards possible.”

The Awards were sponsored by the Construction Industry Training Board, KPMG, AECOM, PRP, EC Harris and John Rowan & Partners.

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