Yasar Ugur wins Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Award

6th July 2015

Yasar Ugur, a Trainee Site Manager at Berkeley Homes East Thames and Street Elite graduate won the Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Construction Delivery Award on 19th March 2015.

Yasar winning the award

Yasar winning the award

Yasar Ugur, Trainee Site Manager

Yasar Ugur, Trainee Site Manager

"Yasar's willingness to learn and drive to seize an opportunity to better himself is inspiring. He has integrated himself into the respective site teams and proven to be a valuable member of  the team." Andy Wallis, Head of Construction at Berkeley Homes East Thames.

Yasar Ugur, a Trainee Site Manager at Berkeley Homes East Thames and Street Elite graduate won the Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Construction Delivery Award on 19th March 2015.

The Duke of Gloucester's Young Achievers Construction Delivery Award is given to 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 today. It is also key that these young professionals actively promote careers in construction and the built environment to young people in their communities.

A series of events in Yasar's life led him to where he finds himself today. At school he became involved with fighting and drugs, and he had recently lost three family members including his grandfather, a man that he saw as a tremendous role model. This all had a large impact on Yasar's self confidence. Things appeared to look up for Yasar when he began attending college, studying Sports and Coaching, but soon he fell back into his old behaviour and quickly became immersed again in gang culture. This resulted in Yasar missing classes and eventually becoming depressed. In his own words, he had "no plans or no idea at all for my future."

It was at this time that he became involved in Street Elite, a training for work initiative that uses sport, mentoring and youth engagement to motivate young people who are not in education, employment and training. Yasar soon became an integral part of the programme. Those who complete Street Elite are offered a two week work placement with Berkeley. Due to Yasar's dedication and determination to succeed, his contract was extended for six months. This quickly became a permanent role in December 2013.

Yasar is now a keen advocate for the promotion of construction, education and work based programmes, like Street Elite, to ensure that other young people do not go down the road that he did. He believes that it is key that young people have positive role models and 'wants to be there to show them that they should believe in themselves because if I can do it, I believe they can too'.