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Enfield apprentice Christian ‘Chidi’ Nnebe is celebrating his success after being awarded Young Builder of the Year Award 2016 in the 18 to 24 category at the House of Commons on Wednesday 19th October.
The UK-wide awards – organised by Youthbuild UK – celebrate the achievements of young people who have overcome personal barriers to train and work for the construction industry.
Chidi’s first real barrier came when he tried to get an apprenticeship place with an employer after successfully completing three levels of bricklaying qualifications with Barnet and Southgate college. Without any connections in the industry he struggled to make the transition to an apprenticeship and was eventually signed up to the London Borough of Enfield’s training and employment brokerage where he was introduced to Durkan.
During his time as an apprentice Chidi has worked tirelessly on projects in both Enfield and Stockwell whilst managing a number of external factors outside of his control, including being the primary carer and breadwinner for his family.
He successfully completed his apprenticeship in July 2016 and is now in full time employment with Barking Brickwork.
“I’m delighted to win this award and really proud of my achievements,” says Chidi, who was presented with a trophy, framed certificate, cheque and tool vouchers. “Without any connections in the industry I struggled to get an apprenticeship after college, but this award just proves what you can achieve if you don’t give up.”
Commenting on the Kevin O’Connor, Durkan’s Head of Social Responsibility and Inclusion says:
“Considering the challenges that Chidi has faced, his journey to becoming a qualified tradesman has been remarkable. We are delighted with his well-deserved win and wish him the very best for the future.”
About Youthbuild UK
Youthbuild UK (YBUK) works with a variety of organisations from the public, private and third sectors to provide training, qualifications and employment to disadvantaged young people in the construction industry.