Tes Adamou MICE, a Project Manager at Arcadis won the Project Management prize and Kristina Scheibler Frood MICE, a Structural Engineer from AECOM won the Engineering prize.
Now in its fifth year, the Scheme, with the support of the Trust's Patron, HRH The Duke of Gloucester, has been an opportunity for exceptional young professionals to be commended and celebrated for their achievements. It particularly looked for young people who have overcome barriers to get to where they are, and judges read applications from young people who had shown exceptional resilience and determination.
All the shortlisted candidates joined over 200 senior industry figures and HRH The Duke of Gloucester at the awards evening, hosted by comedian Susan Calman, at the Underglobe, where the winners were announced. This year there were 16 applications from ICE members.
The awards had 5 categories; Design, Planning & Architecture, Construction Delivery, Engineering, Surveying and Project Management. Winners will each receive a cash prize and a unique package of support through the Trust and development opportunities through a one year mentoring programme to enable them to make an even greater impact in their future careers.
The Scheme is run by the Construction Youth Trust, a charity helping young people in England and Wales to build better futures by giving them access to training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry. Director Christine Townley commented:
"The Awards are one of the highlights of my year, and it is a real privilege to meet these talented young professionals – and it was great to see so many of our applicants being from ICE again this year. Their determination to achieve in their chosen careers is admirable and especially when they have all experienced barriers. It is important that the industry do more to support young people who are looking for a career in construction and help remove barriers to entry - because 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.
"We' re 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 this year by CITB, KPMG, AECOM, Arcadis, Atkins and CIOB.