Builders’ merchant Jewson has named Carley Doolan as the winner of its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.
The judges commented that Doolan, aged 27, from Newcastle, is a hugely talented and focussed young tradesperson who sets a fantastic example to others working in the construction industry.
A Level 2 Plastering apprentice, Doolan expertly balances her time between college and being a mum to two year old daughter, Layla.
She said: “I’m absolutely over the moon. I’ve tried my hand in a number of trades and been given some fantastic opportunities, but this is definitely the icing on the cake.
“Like many in the industry, I’ve struggled to get by while work has dried up, but I kept on pushing, learning new skills and doing odd jobs here and there. I finally feel like all my effort is paying off.”
The panel of industry experts featured Andy Barrie from online builders community ‘On The Tools’, Liz Male, chair of quality assurer TrustMark, BMJ Editor-in-Chief Fiona Russell-Horne and Donna Rostovsky from Osma.
Runner up, Jon Wynne, was described by judges as a credit to construction apprentices. At 23 years old, Wynne has successfully set up his own building company, through which he is determined to bring new people into the industry.
As well as the title ‘Young Tradesperson of the Year, Doolan will now enjoy a holiday to Barcelona, complete with tickets to a football match at Camp Nou, and £1,000 worth of tools.
Jewson marketing director David Fenton, said: “Selecting a winner was no easy task but Carley is a fantastic example of the young talent in the industry. Her success goes to show that hard work and motivation can go a long way in laying the foundations for a career in construction.
“Finding and celebrating talent within our industry is more important than ever. We are tasked with supporting and developing the next generation of tradespeople against the backdrop of a severe skills shortage. Our recently launched Foundation Plus account is designed to support recently qualified tradespeople with training as well as personalised discounts.”
Jewson Young Tradesperson of the Year is supported by Wavin’s drainage brand, Osma.