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Sir Albert Honour For Youngsters

20 February 2012

Outstanding young Costain personnel have an opportunity to be recognised for their efforts as the Group’s 21 Club prepares to present the annual Sir Albert Costain Memorial Awards.

Project managers and other senior staff have until the end of February to submit nominations for the Awards, which are given to young Company members who have recorded particular achievements in training.

Three awards are given, each giving the recipient a £250 cheque plus a certificate recording their success. The Awards will be handed over at the 21 Club’s AGM and annual dinner at the Kennington Oval cricket ground, on 30 March.

“The Awards normally attract around 20 to 30 nominations,” said 21 Club Chairman, Richard Hucker MBE, a Senior Estimator. “Three of the Club’s senior members then sit down and sift through the nominees to arrive at the three winners. Since we don’t know the candidates, we are totally reliant on the citations made by managers to build up a picture and make a fair judgement.”

The Awards were initially targeted at apprentices, in the days when Costain employed many craft workers. Over the years, their scope has widened to include anyone acquiring skills under a Costain training scheme. This year, it will also be open to eligible personnel from the Group’s newly-acquired businesses, ClerkMaxwell and Promanex.

“We know the Group is investing heavily in training and that many young people demonstrate dedication, commitment and extraordinary progress from the training offered,” said Richard. “This is a chance for three of them to gain recognition for their efforts.”

The 21 Club was originally set up for staff who had achieved that number of years in the Company’s service. The eligibility level is today 18 years and the Club has around 700 members, of whom 150 or so usually attend the AGM and dinner – including many of the past and present Company’s Executive Board.