Generation 4 Change


The Generation 4 Change (G4C) Awards Yorkshire and Humber are being held this Friday and we have 4 of our outstanding young professionals shortlisted across a number of categories.

  • Sam Beardon shortlisted for Technical Apprentice of the Year

Sam’s entry focussed on his progression through A-one+ as part of the first intake of apprentices in September 2015, till now, a full-time member of staff (engineer technician). He is now studying towards level 5. Highlighting the impact Sam feels he has had at A-one+ the entry included times he has exceeded our values for example; involvement as a STEM ambassador and being a spokesperson for A-one+’s apprenticeship program for a Jacobs (CH2M) visit, his involvement in identifying overhead cables, helping to create a system to monitor and manage network lighting outages for the electrical design team and working night shifts on emergency works. Sam said about being shortlisted: “It is always a good thing, it is nice to be recognised and to represent A-one+ one+ for the good work we do.”

  • Joel Moore shortlisted for Trainee of the Year

Joel’s entry details his daily routine and responsibilities, describing his office manner and, how he demonstrates a positive impact on the construction industry. Joel said: “Being shortlisted proves to myself and A-one+ that I’m growing and learning as an engineer and that I am on the right path.  I will continue with the STEM events and other activities both in and out of work as these are helping me grow.”

  • Collins Karanya for Mentor of the Year

Collins submission showcases all the work he has put in towards developing the mentorship program at A-one+ and his commitment to developing the future leaders in the engineering and construction industry. Collins is a STEM ambassador working in the community and schools, engaging with young people inside and outside the classroom to encourage and explain the importance of science and engineering subjects. Collins role as a senior engineer demonstrates his personal commitment and development as an engineer.

Collins said: “Being shortlisted for this award brings a smile to my face, because I know I’m being recognised for my work and commitment towards becoming a future leader in the industry, while nurturing and encouraging new talent.”

  • Tom Coleman shortlisted for New Professional of the Year, G4C Future Leader Award, and Higher Education Student of the Year.

Tom submitted 3 papers, demonstrating the qualities he has that will help him become a future industry leader and evidence of progression within the built environment sector. In addition, Tom is committed and dedicated to hosting workshops, evening seminars, and regional and national presentations on GIS and asset data management to a wide-ranging audience including engineering institutions. Tom also showcased his continued collaboration with other A-one+ contract areas, our client, Highways England and parent company representatives to drive continuous improvement and adopting best working practices. Tom has already built a reputation for delivering interesting and informative presentations and next features at the CIHT annual conference in London on Thursday 8 March.

The G4C Awards take place on Friday 9 March and are now in their 4th Year, providing an exclusive opportunity for the region to celebrate outstanding examples of excellence and best practice within our sector. G4C is passionate about focusing on our future leaders and showcasing the talent in our industry. The awards focus attention on some of the most important areas of our industry recognising the best in individuals, companies and collaboration. And, totally inclusive, they’re open to the whole sector from buildings to infrastructure, all parts of the supply and demand chain, all disciplines, professions, trades and levels.

G4C is the young professional voice of the UK built environment industry, and an integral part of Constructing Excellence, the single organisation charged with driving the change agenda in construction. As a cross-industry, independent young professional movement, G4C exists to champion change and drive the transformation of our industry.