Our young achievers of 2013

As the launch of The Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Scheme 2014 is soon approaching we would like to celebrate our winners from 2013. This year we were delighted to have 3 female winners out of 4, and 3 female highly commended candidates.

The 4 winners were from Barratt David Wilson, BRE Wales and South West, Interserve and Kier, and all shone in their applications and interviews.

Apeksha Gupta from BRE, was the winner of the Architecture category. She overcame significant barriers of being a female architect in India and while working out there she was a volunteer construction materials teacher. Click here for a recent interview with Apeksha, and follow this link to the video of awards judge Lynne Sullivan explaining why we chose Apeksha as our winner.

Paul Ebbs of Barratt David Wilson was the winner of our Project Management category. He began his career as an apprentice at the age of 16 and now mentors apprentices in his role. On winning the awards he commented: 'I was honestly shocked when my name was called knowing that I was up against some really talented project managers. It has enabled me to further reiterate the benefits of employing young people in the construction industry.' Follow this link to read a recent interview with Paul, and click here to watch a video of awards judge Terry Spraggett explaining why we chose Paul as our winner.

Stacey Kirkham of Interserve was the winner of our Surveying category. She works with young people interested in a career in the industry and developed workshops suitable for young people up to the age of 11. Follow this link to watch a video of awards judge Simon Rawlinson explaining why we chose Stacey as our winner.

Stacey Clifford from Kier was the overall winner of the awards and also won the Engineering category. She proved herself to be committed to working with young people to increase their awareness about Engineering as a career option. Our judges commented: 'Stacey stood out in the end for a number of reasons: her brilliants communications skills, passion and understanding of the industry and drive to get things done on site, and lastly the new ideas that she has brought to bread and butter construction. Every site should have a Stacey, she's like a breath of fresh air.' Follow this link to read a recent interview with Stacey, and click here for a video of overall winner judge Rod Bennion, Chairman of Trustees explaining why we chose Stacey as our winner.

All of our winners have been taking part in mentoring sessions with industry professionals, the prize for winning their category in the awards. Apeksha commented: 'I have briefed my mentor about the work I have been doing with BRE and the status of my PhD, and he has been extremely supportive. He introduced me to his colleagues at AECOM who are working on similar projects or have strong similar backgrounds, who can provide valuable input to my project.'

We are very excited to be launching the 2014 awards in the beginning of September.

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