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Employers get ahead of the competition to meet future industry stars

Employers working in the property and construction sector had a unique opportunity to meet some of the most talented built environment undergraduates in the region, at the Women in Property Yorkshire & North East Student Awards (15 June).  13 students took part in the regional awards this year, representing disciplines including engineering, architecture, surveying and planning.

Faye Durkin, Chair of Women in Property Yorkshire & North East branch, said: “With the industry suffering a skills shortage and with increasing demand for sustainable new housing, commercial development and infrastructure, there is stiff competition for new, skilled people, to help deliver these projects.

“Our awards programme works with universities across the region, seeking out their brightest and best students.  Employers then get to meet them at the awards event, ahead of the competition, when we announce our regional winners.  It’s a ‘win win’, both for business and the students.”

Local firms, Ecus and HBD sponsor the Yorkshire & North East Student Awards, acknowledging the inspirational talent coming into the industry and recognising the benefits of supporting them at an early stage.

“We encourage our sponsors and local businesses to get behind the students, with work placements, or simply just keeping in touch, offering advice and guidance as they approach their careers,” said Faye, who is Regional Director and Head of Ecology at Ecus.

“This sort of connection is extremely motivating and confidence-building for the students, and works well for potential employers, who get to know them before possibly offering them a job on graduation.”

Because of its wide geographic reach, the Yorkshire & North East judging panels were held over two days, with two winners announced.  They are:

  • Joanna Tarvet, studying Architecture & Landscape at the University of Sheffield.  The judges described her as “very socially aware, she is a role model and ambassador, very passionate”
  • Anna Maw, studying Geography & Planning at Newcastle University. The judges described her as being “impressive on paper and in person, her presentation was informed and engaging, she is very knowledgeable and passionate”

Two further students, Niamh Ashley, studying Architecture at Leeds Beckett University and Shannon Goss studying Architecture at the University of Sheffield were awarded Highly Commended.

The National Awards programme, sponsored by Amazon, Bouygues, Savills and tp bennett, was established in 2008 to seek out the top built environment students each year and raise awareness to the many amazing and diverse career opportunities offered across this industry.  Regionally, each 2nd year student is nominated by her university, submits a piece of coursework and then goes before a judging panel in March.

Each of the winners receives a £500 cash prize, a trophy and the opportunity to take part in Women in Property’s mentoring programme.  The final judging panel for 2022 will be held in London on 20th September, when Joanna and Anna will compete with 12 other students for the top, national Award.  This will be followed that evening by the national Best of Best Dinner at Claridge’s, when the winner will be announced.

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Women in Property Yorkshire & North East region student award winners Joanna Tarvet and Anna Maw, and Highly Commended Shannon Goss, with Branch Chair Faye Durkin and judges and sponsors from Ecus and HBD

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