Dylan Jones, of Llanelli, and Cavan McGill, of Pembrey (top), were the 2015 winners. Dylan, a former pupil of Coedcae School, and Cavan, a former pupil of Glan-Y-Mor, had only picked up their GCSE results the week before learning they’d won the competition.
There were four winners in 2014: Dewey Clarke from Llanelli and Rhodri Evans from Pontyates both won apprenticeships with Lloyd and Gravell Ltd, and Luke Allen from Llanelli and Scott Williams from Ammanford gained apprenticeships with TRJ Ltd.
Former St John Lloyd pupil Keelan McNicholl-Edwards, of Clifton Terrace, won Next Steps 2013.
Keelan said: “I am really chuffed, and didn’t think I’d win it because all the boys worked hard and deserved it. It’s been a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to start.”
Thornton Boswell of Llanelli, won Next Steps in 2012. The teenager had only just finished his GCSEs when he entered the competition.
"I really didn’t expect to win – I’m really happy. Chances like this don’t come around often for young boys like me!”
Jamie Owens, of Trimsaran, was crowned winner of Next Steps 2011. On taking the title, the 20-year-old rugby player said: “I still can’t quite believe it – this is a fantastic start towards building a future for myself and I’m really looking forward to starting work with Lloyd & Gravell.
“The competition was a great experience – everyone on it was awesome and really looked after us. Unfortunately, there were five others who have missed out but we are all winners as we’ve all had a fantastic start to our construction careers."
The Next Steps project was launched in 2010, and was won by 26-year-old Iwan Thomas, from Brynamman. He said: “Winning Next Steps has changed my life. I’m now on my way to becoming a qualified carpenter and am building a secure future for my family.
"The dad of two, a former pro-golfer, had never had any previous experience of the building trade, and decided to give it a go to provide a better future for his family."