Young Talent Recognised in National Award
BakerHicks architectural trainee shortlisted in Duke of Gloucester Young Achiever title
A trainee from the design and engineering consultancy, BakerHicks, who progressed from stacking shelves in Woolworths to become one of the UK’s most promising young architects has been recognised in a national award.
Sanjay Vara was named runner up in the Design, Planning and Architecture category of the prestigious Duke of Gloucester’s Young Achiever’s Scheme, organised by the Construction Youth Trust. Sanjay was one of eight worthy candidates, with the winner, Shane Evans, Property Design Technician at Carmathanshire County Council eventually scooping the top prize, presented by HRH Duke of Gloucester in person.
Since joining BakerHicks on six months’ work experience, organised through the Changing Paths Charitable Trust, Sanjay has impressed his managers with his willingness to learn, having had little or no knowledge or experience of architecture prior to joining beyond an interest at school. Most recently he has been involved in working on CAD/BIM processes for the new design of a major rail project in London, presenting his ideas to the company’s leadership team.
As part of the shortlisting process, judges were looking for young people who have not only achieved excellence in their careers so far, but who have had to overcome barriers and challenges to get to where they are. They were also looking for those who actively promote careers in construction and the built environment to other young people in their communities.
Terry Barrick, Principal Designer at BakerHicks who nominated Sanjay for the award, said that he was delighted to see Sanjay’s true talent recognised on the national stage:
“Identifying and nurturing young talent is at the heart of BakerHicks’ culture, and Sanjay thoroughly deserves the praise and respect of his peers for what he has achieved so far.”
Each of the winners receive cash prizes and a unique development opportunity through the Trust with a one year mentoring programme to enable them to make an even greater impact in the years to come. The Construction Youth Trust is a charity that looks to educate, train and inspire young people aged 14-30.
The awards took place at the Underglobe in London on March 10th.