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Attention all new civils graduates!

How would you like to be the star of a reception at Civils 2002, to win applause from the construction industry's top decision makers, network with its best employers and bank a £1,000 cheque to seriously dent your university overdraft?

The launch this week of NCE's Graduate Awards 2002 is your chance to take a leap up the ladder of your chosen profession.

NCE and the Awards' sponsors - Arup, BAA, Babtie Group, Bachy Soletanche, Balfour Beatty, Binnie Black & Veatch, Hays Montrose, the Institution of Civil Engineers, Marshalls, Morrison Construction, Railtrack and Roger Bullivant - will be rewarding the best of last year's civils graduates with cash prizes, certificates and high profile recognition.

At a time when construction is desperately short of graduate engineers, and with the UK's infrastrucutre crying out for engineering expertise, we believe it is crucial to encourage the industry's future leaders.

If you graduated last year from a civil engineering or related degree, get an entry form in to us now. Tell us what you achieved at uni and are now doing in your first postgrad job. We are not necessarily looking for academic whizzkids, but for people demonstrating best allround ability, enthusiasm, and who take pride in what they do.

If you positively enjoy getting to work on Monday mornings, you could well be one of our six finalists.

Judging of entries will be carried out by senior engineers from the Awards' sponsors.

Judges will meet up with the six shortlisted finalists in London for a chat before the Awards presentation and reception at Civils 2002.

On offer is a top £1,000 prize and two £500 runners' up cheques. But all six finalists will be stars of the show. There is no better way of getting noticed by the industry's leaders.

So if you think you have what it takes to become one of the industry's decision makers, divert a few minutes' energy and enter.

We know you are out there - but we need your help to find you. As an extra incentive, senders of the first five entries received will each win a camera, and there is a champagne prize draw for all forms back by 15 March.

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