Generation for Change (G4C) Wales hosted its first Awards evening at the Senedd on the 12th July, showcasing the talent of the young people in the Welsh construction industry. With over 25 shortlisted entries, it was an evening full of positivity and pride for the individuals and companies in attendance.
In construction, young people are challenging the status quo and really acting as a catalyst for improvement – not just change for changes sakes. By that we mean young people do not take things for granted. Faced with occasional pockets of resistance, they ask difficult questions, create new ideas and use technology in smart ways, always striving for positive changes. That’s what is so great about the G4C Awards. It is an excellent platform to demonstrate the positive impact of young people in our industry as well as showcase how young professionals are working to challenge the current negative perception of our industry.
The G4C committee, the award winners and shortlisted nominees work hard to promote our industry and engage with communities and the education sector to raise awareness of the opportunities available in construction. G4C is a positive ambassador for the industry: demonstrating the wide range of roles available in our sector.
More and more young people are choosing a career in construction and we’re starting to see a more diverse and inclusive workforce. Our G4C Awards put a spotlight on this activity and send a clear message to schools, colleges and young people that construction is a dynamic, exciting career full of possibilities. G4C will continue to promote our industry and help facilitate a more engaging and positive narrative with the public – because these awards are just one way to showcase the positivity of our industry.
The awards would not be possible without the support and dedication from the Constructing Excellence in Wales team, who have supported G4C Wales from the beginning but also allowed the committee the freedom to make its own decisions and shape its own direction. The awards were also kindly sponsored by Costain, Stride Treglown and CECA Wales, all of whom have shown G4C great support in our first awards, without this we would not have been able to host such a fantastic evening. Thank you to everyone for making our first awards event such a success. With the success of the first awards we hope to see more young people attending future G4C Events, and of course entering the G4C Awards next year!