Unite, the UK’s construction union, is the headline sponsor of this year’s prestigious Leeds College of Building annual awards.

WHEN: Wednesday 25 September, 18:00

WHERE: Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AD

The BIG Awards (Building Industry Greats) celebrate the achievements of students at Leeds College of Building and showcases the industry’s rising stars. Unite and its predecessor unions have a long history of sponsoring and supporting the awards. This year Unite is the headline sponsor of the awards.


There are various course specific awards, but also awards for Outstanding Contribution to College Life, Outstanding Team Player, and the highly coveted Governor’s Award.

Championed apprentices

Unite regional secretary for the North East, Yorkshire and Humber region Karen Reay said; “Unite has long championed construction apprenticeships as being by far the best and usually only means for new entrants to gain the necessary skills in order to enter the industry with a recognised trade.

“Construction has an ever expanding skills gap due to the industry’s decades long failure to train sufficient apprentices.

“By sponsoring the BIG awards Unite is, in a small way, demonstrating our commitment to young people in seeking to enter the construction industry.

“The awards will celebrate and highlight the excellent work being undertaken by Leeds College of Building in providing training in trades throughout the construction industry.”

 Derek Whitehead, Principal & CEO at Leeds College of Building said: “It’s great to have Unite the union as this year’s headline sponsor for our Leeds College of Building’s BIG Awards.

"The awards celebrate the achievements of students over the 2018/2019 academic year and winners are chosen not only for their academic achievements, but also for going the 'extra mile', overcoming adversity, excelling in studies or at regional and national competitions.”


Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.