15 Feb 2016


16-YBUK-6759Alan, the founder, inaugural Chair and current Life President of CAGE GN, was chosen to be the first recipient of Youthbuild UK’s “Ken Claxton Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award”, named in the memory of the Youthbuild founder and creator of the  Young Builder of the Year Awards, which was presented by Ken’s daughter, Kit, at the Youthbuild UK Patrons’ Event, held in the River Room at the House of Lords on 10th February 2016, in recognition of his 70 years involvement in construction.


60 guests, including members of the House of Lords, senior figures from the construction industry, training groups, charities and CITB Chief Executive, Adrian Belton, were present.

Why Alan Crich?

In three words he is “passionate about construction”.

Anyone who knows him or meets him soon understands this. If he were a stick of rock he’d have “construction” running through him.

It all started 70 years ago when Alan had the opportunity to go to the new Technical College in Nottingham. Once there he discovered bricklaying – which completely transformed his life. He then went on the complete a 5 year bricklaying apprenticeship.

60 years ago, after completing his National Service, in addition to being a bricklayer by day, he started teaching bricklaying in the evenings at Basford Hall, Nottingham – the start of helping others to enter the construction industry.

As his career progressed to became responsible for apprentices and training, always helping young people to progress in the industry.

When he set up his own company, 35 years ago, a key aspect was taking on dozens of apprentices, encouraging and supporting them to develop their careers.

Alan retired, in theory, when he was 70, and began a new career, promoting construction wherever and whenever he could, particularly working in schools as an ambassador for CITB, Summit Skills and STEM. Then became a Director of the Nottinghamshire Construction Forum. He also chaired NECTA, who were one of the original members of the Youthbuild Forum, which became  Youthbuild UK.

In 2006, he set up Construction Action Group of Employers Greater Nottingham – a CITB funded Independent Training Group, becoming the original Chair and is now the very active Life President.

This year he has succeeded in setting up a construction course for young people who are at risk of exclusion from school – a lot of arm twisting, but Alan’s determination made it happen!

His next challenge, which he has been hoping to do for 5 years, is to set up a shared apprenticeship scheme in Nottingham. With his continued enthusiasm and determination you wouldn’t bet against him not achieving that as well.

He has been a real inspiration to thousands of people, involved in or finding out about the construction industry over the last 70 years.

Joe Brennan, the Chair of Youthbuild UK said that Alan “was a very worthy winner of the inaugural Ken Claxton Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award.”