18 May 2017

SJCC awards celebrate Suffolk craftsmanship and apprentices in construction

Over 400 construction industry professionals attended the annual Suffolk Joint Consultative Committee (SJCC) awards at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on Thursday to celebrate and recognise excellence in design and craftsmanship.

The awards brought together professional construction bodies including the National Federation of Builders (NFB), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in recognition of achievement of construction apprentices, architectural practices, and building companies across the region.

Apprentice winners included young stars awarded for bench joinery, bricklaying, carpentry and a multi trade award from colleges across the eastern region including West Suffolk College and Otley College.

The apprentice awards were presented to young people who have shown a passion for the industry and a particular interest in developing their craft skills in order to enhance their professional development.

Chief executive of the NFB, Richard Beresford said: “It is great to be able to see local apprentices have a chance to be recognised for their talents in the construction industry. With the current skills shortage, we must encourage and nurture more home grown talent into the industry and acknowledge their effort and skills for long term commitment.”

Kirk Schartau, chairman of the SJCC said: “I have been involved in the SJCC for the last few years and I feel I have taken up the SJCC chairman role at a crucial time in the industry. Construction has a mature workforce and we need to work with the Government to make the sector more attractive and appealing to young people.

He continued: “The SJCC event not only gives the local construction industry an opportunity to network and celebrate the best of Suffolk construction, but has enabled us to raise an impressive £3,000 for the Talitha Koum charity. I feel very proud of our local construction sector and the exciting opportunities it brings to young people wanting to take up a career in the industry.”

The SJCC has now become a leading construction event in the Eastern region, and is one of the primary objectives of the committee, which has successfully brought together professional construction bodies in the county.