Our Overall Awards Winner announced

Shane Evans, a 28 year old Property Design Technician, Carmarthanshire County Council was awarded the Overall Winner award at the Duke of Gloucester Young Achievers Scheme Awards tonight.

Shane really impressed the judges at the recent judging day with his resilience and determination for achieving in his career in construction despite serious health issues.

Shane lives with the serious medical condition Cystic Fibrosis, but still excels in his vocational and academic education and has demonstrated sheer determination in not just succeeding in his chosen career, but in making a real impact in his workplace, community and college.  He gets up at 5.30am every morning just to do the exercises necessary to allow him to be fit for work, but he is still comes to work on time, with enthusiasm and a smile on his face.

Shane has never let his illness get in the way of his ambitions and has even sat externally set examinations whilst receiving his life-saving treatment in hospital. Shane has had to work twice, maybe three times, as hard to keep up and keep ahead and his Principal at College Sir Gar, Barry Liles says: “Shane’s sheer ability, determination and work ethic have exceeded any other student I have come across.”

The judges said, “Shane is an inspiring example of a person who manages debilitating health issues on a daily basis through sheer hard work and determination. All the judges found him to be an engaging and knowledgeable individual, with an infectiously positive and optimistic outlook on life. Shane has already shown how his appetite to develop his skills, combined with his interest in making things, have allowed him to take on and succeed in conquering ever greater challenges.  Shane is a formidable ambassador for a creative, practical and proactive approach to problem-solving in new and existing buildings, and even finds time to volunteer and give back to the industry by organizing CPD and visits in Wales, and acting as Treasurer for the CIOB Novus group.”
Shane also encourages other young people who want to have a career in the construction industry by engaging with schools and the organisation Cyfle Building Skills, where he is on the interviewing panels for new recruits to the scheme.

Congratulations to Shane who as part of his prize will receive a year's mentoring with an senior industry professional.

You can view all the photos from the night here.