Jewson is calling on all construction professionals under the age of 30 from across the UK to submit their entries for its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

Following a successful launch in 2016, Jewson has announced the second Young Tradesperson of the Year competition to showcase and celebrate the work of the building trade's freshest talent. New for 2017 is the introduction of five entry categories with a grand prize of VIP festival tickets, a holiday abroad and up to £250-worth of building materials from Jewson. The prizes will be awarded to the entries that impress the judges most.

The competition is open to anyone 30 years of age and under, who is in a skilled trade and working full or part-time in the construction industry. It is also open to apprentices, as well as those who have recently received their qualifications.

Entrants are required to demonstrate their levels of skill and professionalism by submitting examples of their work and answering a short series of questions via the Jewson website by 24 February, 2017. Video entries are also encouraged, giving candidates a chance to show off some of their personality.

Applicants are invited to enter the following categories:

  • Best Apprentice
  • Best Young Tradesperson Under 18
  • Best Young Tradesperson 18-25
  • Best Young Tradesperson 25-30
  • Best Young Business Person/Entrepreneur.

David Fenton, marketing director at Jewson, said: "We see first-hand the great work that young people are doing in the construction industry across the UK and, following a successful competition last year, we want to recognise even more of the talent that's out there.

"The next generation of tradespeople will be responsible for building the Britain of the future and we want to ensure they have the support they need as they start their careers. Celebrating the best of their work will not only encourage them to keep working at perfecting their trade, but can also help more young people to consider a career in construction."

Each shortlisted entrant will receive an invite to attend the official awards event with a friend, and will receive a Jewson goody bag on the night. Each category winner will be rewarded with £250-worth of Jewson credit, a trophy and VIP tickets to the Red Bull Culture Clash Festival. The overall winner is set to receive £750-worth of Jewson credit, a trophy, VIP tickets to the Red Bull Culture Clash Festival and a holiday abroad.

A shortlist will be decided by a panel of judges, made up of leading construction industry professionals. The winner will then be announced at an exclusive awards event at the Custard Factory, Birmingham, on 28 April, 2017.

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