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Graduate award seeks excellence

THE INSTITUTION is one of the key sponsors of NCEI sister magazine New Civil Engineer's Graduate Awards scheme launched last month and aimed at rewarding the profession's brightest new entrants.

'For us this is one of the most important awards possible as it identifies and encourages the path that must be followed by the profession's future leaders, ' said ICE President George Fleming.

'Our industry needs excellent graduates more than ever it did in the past to ensure we have people who are comfortable with the fast moving technological change already affecting civil engineering.'

The awards, open to anyone who graduated during 1999 or early this year, are designed to identify the best all round graduates.

Evidence of initiative, forward thinking and especially enthusiasm will be judged as important as academic excellence.

'Today's civil engineers must be leaders in society, not just followers, ' said Fleming. 'Awards like this should help promote that ideal and we are delighted to support them.'

Other sponsors include clients Railtrack and BAA; consultants Ove Arup, Babtie and Binnie Black & Veatch; contractors Balfour Beatty and Morrison, manufacturers Marshalls, Corus and Hepworth plus recruitment agency Hays Montrose.

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to an NCE reception held during the Civils 2000 exhibition at Birmingham's NEC in May. The winner will receive ú1,000 and two runners up ú500 each.

The awards reception will be linked to an ICE hosted keynote address discussing the future education and training of graduates.

Awards entry forms: Tracy Collins, NCE, tel: +44 20 7505 6813. fax: +44 20 7505 6650 tracyc@construct.emap.co.uk

website: www.nceplus.co.uk

Keynote address: Peter Griffiths, ICE, Tel: +44 20 7222 7722

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