Tai Tarian Apprentice Named One of the UK’s Best Young Builders

Tue 22 Aug 2017

Charlie Twaite

A young apprentice at Tai Tarian is celebrating after being named as a finalist in the annual Youthbuild UK awards.

Charlie Twaite, aged 18 from Alltwen and an apprentice carpenter has been shortlisted for the Young Builder of the Year award, in recognition of the outstanding progress she has made since joining Tai Tarian last year.

The competition, which began in 2000, celebrates the achievements of young people in the construction industry and is open to young builders from across the UK.  Charlie is one of only 20 people to have made the final and will attend a presentation ceremony at the Houses of Parliament in London in October.

Charlie splits her time between working at Tai Tarian and attending Neath College where she’s studying for a NVQ Level 2 in carpentry.  She is part of the Cyfle Building Skills scheme, an initiative which aims to support young adults into sustainable employment within the construction industry and help them further their careers.

Speaking about her achievement, Charlie said:
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out I’d been shortlisted for this award.  I’ve learnt a lot over the past year and it’s a real honour to be recognised in this way.  I’m really grateful for the support I’ve received from Cyfle and Tai Tarian and the opportunity they have given me.  I really enjoy my job and learning the new skills which had led to this honour.”

Lee Hopkins is Charlie’s mentor at Tai Tarian.  He said:
“I’m really proud of Charlie and how she has progressed over the last year.  She’s keen to learn and always gives her all.  It’s fantastic to see her recognised in this way.”

The winner of the Young Builder of the Year award will be announced in special ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, 18th October.