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G4C 2024 - Winners Announced

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Trade Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Northern Counties Builders Federation

Winner – Tom Ward, nominated by Hartlepool College and employed by H Malone & Sons Ltd

A change in career and industry for this individual shows drive and determination to achieving success not just at work but in college too. Encouraging and supporting his peers, eager to learn and working closely with clients on projects. As result of his enthusiasm and passion has taken on a more supervisory role leading to managing their own project. They have recently been named Building Services Engineering Student of the Year  at college and was runner up in the national final too for BESA.

Technical Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Northern Counties Builders Federation

Winner – Ryan Jackson, nominated and employed by Kier

Ryan who made an early connection with their current employer by undertaking work experience.  Passing their T levels with distinction. This outstanding individual is dedicated, determined and passionate about the industry and their career, which is why their organisation has specially created an apprenticeship solely for them.  Now on an emerging talent programme to progress their career. They have recently won a company award for their manner and enthusiasm following feedback from their clients, supply chain and senior leaders in the business.

Highly Commended – Erin Rochford, nominated and employed by Carney Consultancy 

Student of the Year

Sponsored by Bowmer+Kirkland

Winner -Daniel Hadnum, nominated and employed by Tilbury Douglas Construction

Daniel has won this prestigious award and has demonstrated the key requirements to win and their work within their chosen field shows great potential to go far in the industry.

Their ‘extracurricular’ efforts and achievements helped make them the stand out candidate in this category with some impressive environmental, social and charitable works, above and beyond their professional commitment.

**Daniel was unable to attend the Awards ceremony, Paul Ellenor Regional Director for Tilbury Douglas collected on his behalf**

Trainee of the Year

Sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group

Winner – Taya Williams, nominated and employed by RED Engineering

Taya’s dedication, versatility and willingness to go above and beyond has shown within their organisation after being offered a role following a two week placement. They have turned collective ideas into practical solutions and enhanced project quality through the use of integrating new technology.

They have shown good working relationships with colleagues and clients, encourages younger generation to look at STEM careers.
They were Awarded the Rising Star of the North Award within their first month, this just goes to show they are passionate about the field they work in.

Highly Commended – Emilly Bell, nominated and employed by Wates  

New Professional of the Year

Sponsored by Gleeds

Winner – Asimina Cole, nominated and employed by RE:GEN Group

Mina’s ability to connect and inspire, alongside their dedication and hard work, is evident in the positive influence this person has on the people around them, from colleagues to across external project teams.

As well as being recognised for their proactiveness in disseminating knowledge and emphasis on school engagement, this person’s commitment to sustainability and alignment with social responsibility is evident in the knowledge and application they put into practice, and delivering initiatives to emphasise the importance of achieving net zero. This person has previously been recognised for their contributions to climate action, a true testament to driving meaningful change and creating a more sustainable future for all.

Highly Commended – Nuwanthi Thennakoonwela, nominated and employed by Mott MacDonald 

Mentor of the Year

Sponsored by Mott MacDonald Bentley

Winner – Michael Brandwood, nominated and employed by Bowmer+Kirkland

Michael shows great commitment to people development and has significantly contributed to a positive culture that is clearly evident in their organisation.  They have been involved in a wide range of volunteering activities that positively influence others and the sheer volume of the students they have supported is a great indicator of their passion for mentoring.  It is clear that they are highly motivated to inspire future generations and therefore a worthy winner of this award.

Highly Commended – Tim Shepherd, nominated and employed by Tilbury Douglas Construction

Highly Commended – Ellice Ord, nominated and employed by Sir Robert McAlpine

Commitment to Employee and Training Development

Sponsored by AtkinsRealis

Winner – Applebridge Family

Applebridge clearly demonstrated their investment in training. They are involved with local schools and colleges to promote careers within construction whilst actively trying to improve the image of sector.

Their equal opportunities policy and “speak-out” forum play an important part in development of their people and the investment is already benefitting as a great place to work with an 85% staff retention.

G4C Future Leader

Sponsored by Caddick Construction 

Winner – Laura Frost, nominated and employed by Turner & Townsend 

Laura’s passion and drive to go above and beyond in actively encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds into our industry make them a clear favourite for Future Leader. Their implementation of the graduate and apprentice bootcamp within the Real Estate division of their organisation and its ultimate roll out nationally speak volumes of their capacity to initiate positive change. Without doubt this individual is destined to become one of our industry leaders in the North East.

Highly Commended – Olivia O’Toole, nominated and employed by Mott MacDonald 

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