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Business excellence 

This category is open to contractors working in the construction industry and recognise those who have committed to providing an outstanding working environment for staff between January 2021 and June 2022.  

Entrants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to understanding and improving their staff satisfaction, through surveys or engagement. The best company to work for could include those with unwavering commitment to providing training opportunities for staff, attention to worker’s health and wellbeing, providing relaxed and inspirational working environments and the opportunity for staff to progress in their careers.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Measures taken to support employee health, mental health and wellbeing
  • A demonstrable effort to understand staff concerns
  • Actions taken to improve working environments based on employee feedback
  • Improvements to office environments
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of subcontractor and specialists working in the construction industry. Recognising those who have committed to providing an outstanding working environment for staff between January 2021 and June 2022.  

Entrants will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to understanding and improving their staff satisfaction, through surveys or engagement. The best company to work for could include those with unwavering commitment to providing training opportunities for staff, attention to worker’s health and wellbeing, providing relaxed and inspirational working environments and the opportunity for staff to progress in their careers.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Measures taken to support employee health, mental health and wellbeing
  • A demonstrable effort to understand staff concerns
  • Actions taken to improve working environments based on employee feedback
  • Improvements to office environments
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

Learning and development 

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate innovation in an apprenticeship scheme between January 2021 and June 2022.

Entrants should provide compelling evidence of a company-wide ethos or collaboration with partners and the supply chain to attract young or mid-career people and support them into long-term careers in construction through apprenticeships.

Judges will be looking for evidence of the commitment to apprentices, how companies have supported them through the pandemic and innovative ways companies have reached out to encourage the uptake of apprenticeships.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • How you set your apprenticeship offer apart as an employer
  • A company culture that encourages on the job learning to enable apprentices to secure long-term employment
  • Innovative ways companies are reached out and engaging with potential apprentices
  • One or more initiatives launched or considered a success over the 12 months prior to June 2022

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This category is open to UK-based apprentices working in the construction industry who have demonstrated outstanding promise in their chosen field and can demonstrate achievements between January 2021 and June 2022.

Entrants must have been working in construction for no more than three years at the start of that period (i.e. their apprenticeship must have begun no earlier than January 2019).

Entries can be submitted by the apprentice or by their employer, but in either case the entry must include an endorsement from a manager or director within their organisation.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Dedication to their chosen trade or profession
  • Determination in overcoming obstacles
  • Teamworking aptitude and value to their employer
  • Self-development or community involvement
  • Performance or achievements that surpass expectations
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate success in a graduate recruitment programme between January 2021 and June 2022.

Entrants should highlight why graduate recruitment has been more successful in your firm and evidence initiatives that have improved the graduate experience with demonstrable success.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • How your strategy attracted the most suitable graduates
  • Success against the goals set and initiatives launched by the company over the 12 months prior to the June 2022
  • Profile of the work being carried out by graduates within your business or involvement in wider industry initiatives or projects
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

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This category is open to UK-based graduates working in the construction industry who have demonstrated outstanding promise and can demonstrate achievements between January 2021 and June 2022.

This award aims to recognise a graduate working in the construction industry who has made a tangible difference to their business. It could be someone who has led a particular initiative during that time, or whose work has helped deliver a step-change to the business and its employees.

The winner will need to show initiative, demonstrable benefits to the business and evidence of the longer-term difference their actions have made. Entrants must have been working in construction for no more than three years at the start of that period (i.e. their graduation or graduate programme must have begun no earlier than January 2019).

Entries can be submitted by the graduate or by their employer, but in either case the entry must include an endorsement from a manager or director within their organisation.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Initiative and innovation
  • Outstanding examples of initiatives or work led by the nominee
  • Evidence of long-term impact of nominee’s actions and approach
  • Determination in overcoming obstacles
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate excellence in learning and development opportunities between January 2021 and June 2022.

This category aims to recognise in-house learning and development teams (not training agencies) that deliver excellent opportunities for staff development and can demonstrate how this has supported the wider business.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of:

  • How the L&D initiative aligns with business goals
  • How the L&D initiative fits into the wider HR strategy
  • Outcomes of the initiative
  • Innovation in the design and or delivery of L&D
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate excellence from an individual who has supported staff in a mentor role between January 2021 and June 2022.

This award is to recognise an individual who has inspired and helped develop staff within their organisation. The winner will need to show initiative, evidence of their impact as a role model and how this has supported business goals.

Entries can be submitted by the individuals or by their employer or line report, but in either case the entry must include an endorsement from another manager or director within their organisation.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Outstanding examples of inspiring staff in the industry
  • Evidence of the impact they have had on developing staff
  • Originality in their approach to mentorship
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate excellence from an individual who has supported women in the industry between January 2021 and June 2022.

The winner will need to show initiative, evidence of encouraging women into the industry and the support and development of women into senior leadership roles.

Entries can be submitted by the individuals or by their employer or mentee, but in either case the entry must include an endorsement from another manager or director within their organisation.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Outstanding examples mentoring
  • Evidence of impact in the short to long term for women in the industry
  • Originality in their approach to championing women in the business
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

Specialisms 

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate innovation in a health, safety and wellbeing initiative between January 2021 and June 2022.

This award aims to recognise a company or organisation that strives to improve their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing.

Judges will want to see how the initiative made a positive workplace environment for employees, and how its success was measured.  It does not have to be a new initiative, but the outcomes should be specific to the 12 months prior to June 2022.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Leadership that embedded this initiative for health, safety and wellbeing in workplace culture
  • Measures taken to improve wellbeing and evidence or testimonials from employees
  • Innovation in the initiatives to raise awareness and support better health, safety and wellbeing
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry and their health, safety and wellbeing leaders who can demonstrate success between January 2021 and June 2022.

This award is to recognise an individual working in the construction industry who strives to recognise and improve their fellow colleagues and supply chain partners’ health, safety, physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Entries can be submitted by the individuals or by their employer, but in either case the entry must include an endorsement from another manager or director within their organisation.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • How has the individual personally made a difference in their company?
  • Outstanding examples of initiatives or work led by the nominee
  • Evidence of long-term impact of nominee’s actions and initiatives
  • Performance or achievements that surpass expectations

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate success in equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives between January 2021 and June 2022.


Equality, diversity and inclusion brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the construction industry. This award aims to recognise industry-leading performance and showcase organisations who are going the extra mile to recruit from a diverse background and improve diversity in their leadership teams.

The entry should demonstrate the business’s attempts to foster a more diverse and inclusive workplace for all employees and describe how this is helping to attract and retain talent. Your initiative may be at head office and/or project delivery level, and might also be as part of a partnership, framework or joint venture. These should highlight how supply chain collaboration and integration in diversity result in a better outcome for all parties.

The entry should have one lead organisation but may also provide details of other relevant companies involved.

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Judges will be looking for evidence of some, if not all, of the following:

  • Leadership that filters down to all levels, with positive role models within the business
  • Why your diversity and inclusion policies make you an employer of choice in the construction industry
  • The ways the scheme contributes to employee engagement
  • The ways the scheme is helping to attract and retain talent
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry and their EDI leaders who can demonstrate success between January 2021 and June 2022.

This award aims to recognise an individual who strives to foster a more equal, diverse and inclusive workplace for all employees through equal workplace opportunities and inclusive leadership.

Entries can be submitted by the individuals or by their employer, but in either case the entry must include an endorsement from another manager or director within their organisation.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • How has the individual personally made a difference in their company?
  • Outstanding examples of initiatives or work led by the nominee
  • Evidence of long-term impact of nominee’s actions and initiatives
  • Performance or achievements that surpass expectations

Team initiatives 

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate success in CSR initiatives between January 2021 and June 2022.

This award will recognise the company that is taking the lead in delivering positive impacts for the communities and stakeholders they work with. The winning entry will have an outstanding commitment to transparency, fairness, integrity and will show how it has measured and been accountable for its social impact, helping communities recover from the pandemic, tackle economic inequality, environmental responsibility and equal opportunities.

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Judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Evidence of long-term commitment to a cause, or causes, that are helping to improve the company’s impact on the environment around it
  • How your staff are contributing to CSR initiatives
  • Evidence of collaboration with other organisations, be they clients, contractors or businesses from other industries
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate excellent culture within their teams on projects between January 2021 and June 2022.

Entrants should be able to demonstrate excellent on-site or project team collaboration, leadership and recognition of the talented people who help to deliver the UK’s built environment.

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The judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Teams who have been crucial to a project’s success
  • How innovation and collaboration was fostered within the teams
  • Evidence of learning from projects being applied elsewhere in the business
  • Close working with and support for the entire supply chain
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate excellence among a digital or technology team between January 2021 and June 2022.

This category seeks to recognise a team who could be in charge of data management, using BIM or any part of the digitalisation of construction that has made a real impact on achieving business goals and delivering projects.

Entrants should be able to demonstrate the impact the team are having on the business, how they are driving digitisation or the use of technology and how they integrate with the wider business and projects to drive performance.

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The judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Why the team are critical to the business and their impact
  • How innovation and new technology is promoted and utilised
  • Collaborative working with the wider business and teams
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate excellence among a team focused on the decarbonisation of construction between January 2021 and June 2022.

This category seeks to recognise a team that has made a real impact on achieving sustainability and carbon reduction business goals within the business or on projects.

Entrants should be able to demonstrate the impact the team are having on the business, how they are driving the decarbonisation of construction and how they integrate with the wider business and projects to drive performance.

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The judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Why the team are critical to the business and their impact on achieving net zero
  • How low carbon and sustainability is championed across the business and in projects
  • Collaborative working with the wider business and teams
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award

This category is open to all types of companies working in the construction industry who can demonstrate excellence from a HR or workforce team responsible for the recruitment, retention, development and support of staff between January 2021 and June 2022.

Entrants should be able to demonstrate significant improvements in the recruitment, retention, training and development opportunities to help address skills gaps in their organisation.

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The judges will particularly be looking for evidence of:

  • Teams who have been crucial to a successful workforce strategy
  • Originality of recruitment and retention strategies
  • Impact of the team’s initiatives evidenced by meaningful data, case studies and employee survey feedback
  • Evidence of entrants championing their work across their organisation and more widely
  • Any other stand-out performance that particularly merits this award