The third year of the G4C awards took place on Friday 27 April and Northern Counties Builders Federation was the headline sponsor for the event which had over 210 attendees celebrating the future leaders of the construction industry.
The G4C North East Awards is a celebration of the region’s emerging talent and the organisations who support and train them. The headline sponsorship from NCBF meant that the event was bigger and better than ever.
G4C, part of the Constructing Excellence Group and comprising young professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the sector, is a movement for change in construction.
Jeff Alexander, chair of NCBF, said: ‘NCBF and G4C share many aims. At a time when one of the main concerns of the sector relates to skills shortages, we are delighted to be the main sponsor for the G4C awards evening as part of our ongoing commitment to training and skills development.
‘Together with our members, we are passionate about ensuring the future success of the construction industry. We are supporting these awards because we wish to acknowledge those who are positive role models for all young people thinking of embarking on a career in construction.
‘All nominees are to be congratulated, but the true stars, tonight’s award winners, have been singled out for their unique contributions as ambassadors for the industry. They have already demonstrated real talent—which means that the future sustainability of the North East construction industry moves a few steps closer.’
Catriona Lingwood, chief executive of CENE, said: ‘On behalf of G4C North East I would like to say an enormous thank you to NCBF for being the headline sponsor and for the tremendous amount of support NCBF have given over the past few years.
‘I would also like to thank NCBF for sponsoring the recruitment video for G4C to attract new entrants to the industry—this was aired for the first time at the awards event.’
The winner of the future leader award which was sponsored by NCBF— and the main award of the evening— was Irina Korneychuk, nominated and employed by FaulknerBrowns Architects.
Other awards and sponsors of the evening included:
• Student of the Year–Higher education, sponsored by Bowmer & Kirkland, won by Ruta Bertauskyte (FaulknerBrowns).
• Student of the Year—Further education, sponsored by Bowmer & Kirkland, won by Rebecca Hodge (Gus Robinson Developments).
• Apprentice of the Year—Trade, sponsored by NWG, won by Shane Ventress (Engie).
• Apprentice of the Year—Technical, sponsored by NWG, won by Amy Glister (Elvet Construction Consultants).
• Trainee of the year, sponsored by Mott Macdonald and Mott Macdonald Bentley, won by Mark Robinson (Esh-MWH).
• New professional of the year, sponsored by Wates Construction, won by Ashleigh Scott (Mott MacDonald Bentley).
• Commitment to employee and training development, sponsored by Turner & Townsend, won by Faithful+Gould My Career.
• Mentor of the year, sponsored by CDM, won by Lee Kirk (Metnor Construction).