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Duke of Gloucester's Young Achiever awards: final call

3 November 2015

The deadline to enter the Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achievers Scheme, run by the Construction Youth Trust charity, is this Friday 6 November.

Supported by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, the 5th annual awards are an opportunity for outstanding young professionals working in construction to be recognised and celebrated for their achievements.

This year’s awards scheme has five categories: Construction Delivery; Design, Planning and Architecture; Engineering; Project Management; and Surveying, with an overall winner chosen from the individual category winners.

The CIOB is supporting the awards by sponsoring the Surveying category, with the CITB, Arcadis, Aecom and KPMG also sponsoring the event.

Shortlisted entries will be announced in December, after which the potential winners will be interviewed by the judges, with the winners announced at an awards dinner in spring 2016.

Entries for this year’s awards are open to those under 30 years old on 30 January 2016, with each winner receiving a £500 cash prize as well as a one-year mentoring programme that will enable them to continue making an impact in the years to come.

Nazma Uddin ICIOB (centre) won the Project Management category last year

The awards will be judged by a panel of industry experts on the look out for young people who have not only achieved excellence in their careers so far, but who have also had to overcome barriers and challenges or social disadvantage to get to where they are.

Award-winning achievements might include going the extra mile by being involved with activities or initiatives that benefit the community or the construction industry.

Six CIOB members were shortlisted in last year’s awards, including Nazma Uddin ICIOB, who won the Project Management category after helping to project manage the delivery of the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. She is also a member of the Conservation Area Design Review Panel for her local council, reviewing planning applications that planning officers would like input on.

Nochum Dewhurst MCIOB, director of Dewhurst Consultants, was also recognised at the awards, being highly commended in the Project Management category.

Dewhurst has already set up a charity called Community Construct, which arranges for contractors to carry out free or cost price essential repairs in the homes of disadvantaged people.

Dyland Shankland, a shadow contract performance supervisor for North Ayrshire Council, was the overall winner, after being named winner of the Surveying category.

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