Presentation of awards to six of the industry’s most talented young people took place following the annual general meetings of the specialist groups of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).
Jordan Youngs, of Hargreaves Ductwork in Bury, Lancashire, was named Harry Hobbs Ductwork Trainee of the Year.
Alfie Steadman, of JS Wright & Co in Aston, Birmingham, secured the Craft Trainee of the Year Award, sponsored by the B&ES’s Heating & Plumbing Services Group.
The Award for Excellence in refrigeration and air conditioning – presented in memory of Harry Decker – went to Robert Turner of Crowther & Shaw, which is based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
The Service & Facilities Group’s Richard Bostel Service Technician of the Year Award was won by Lee Bland of Swiftclean (UK) in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
Also presented during the event, which was held at Trinity House in the City of London, were:
- the Alfred Manly Management Award – which celebrates the achievements of young engineers who have been judged to be capable of progressing to a senior management role – to Shane Trevitt of national contractor NG Bailey; and
- the Ann Noblett Professional Engineer of the Year Award – which is open to individuals who are working towards membership of an appropriate chartered professional body – to Kayley Lockhead, also of NG Bailey.
The awards were presented by cabinet minister-turned-broadcaster Michael Portillo.
In his keynote address, B&ES president Andy Sneyd reminded his audience of “the pressing need not only to cope with change, but to embrace it”, and to be “prepared at all times to keep up with technological innovation and to adapt to the developing demands of the supply chain”.
He added that it was the over-riding aim and purpose of the B&ES to ensure that its members were open to “new ideas and new ways of working” and that the expertise and professionalism they brought to the construction process met “the increasing demands and expectations of clients”.