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Graduate awards 2013: Last chance to enter

Young civil engineers have only one chance to be eligible for NCE’s prestigious Graduate Awards. And, as David Hayward warns, candidates now have only a few days left to enter.

Graduates who feel proud to be civil engineers, and think they could stand out from the crowd, have only as week or so left to prove it.

Just entering our NCE Graduate Awards, before the 17 September closing date,   will see your achievements at both uni and work scrutinised by some of our industry’s leading engineers. And if you reach the final we will give you half an hour in the boardroom with 18 of construction’s top bosses to convince them of your passion and enthusiasm for your chosen career.

It gets even better, for none of these top six finalists will be fired! All are winners and will share a £4000 prize pot, plus lots of praise, as we highlight their achievements to 200 guests attending our posh awards lunch at the ICE.

The overall winner receives a package of opportunities topped with a £1500 cheque to spend on anything except reducing that annoying uni debt. Up to two runners up each win £700 and highly commended finalists will pocket £350.

All finalists are encouraged to bring their boss with them to the awards lunch and the most valuable reward could be the exposure our winners enjoy amongst top industry guests and their own employer.

We have yet to have a finalist whose profile at work was not considerably enhanced by beating off over 100 fellow competitors to win through to the top six. Increased work responsibility, singled out for company committees or lunch with the big boss, are real possibilities.

This year’s panel of judges are all senior directors from the awards’ 18 sponsoring companies - and just look at the quality of our sponsors.

Supporting the awards, alongside our faithful longstanding group of top clients, consultants and contractors, are two of constructions potentially headline infrastructure projects over the coming decade – the £43bn HS2 high speed rail line and the £4bn Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Finalists will be interviewed by the bosses of both these hungry-for-graduate-talent schemes.

Also on the judging panel this November will be the then brand new ICE President Geoff French. “Talented, energetic and our industry’s future,” is how French, a long time supporter of the awards, describes the competition’s top entrants.

He has already pledged to offer the overall winner a role on his presidential team.

To be in with a chance of these career-enhancing perks, entrants need to have graduated last year with a civil engineering - or similar - degree. Visit for full details and access to the online entry form.

Tell us about your achievements so far. Offer us some blue-sky thinking in a short essay question debating the proposed HS2 rail scheme and leave the rest to us.

And after our awards’ presentation lunch this December, it could just be you on the cover of NCE looking forward to a year of opportunity.

Enter now

The awards are open to anyone who graduated in 2012 with a civil engineering, or related, degree. Click here for further information or contact awards secretary David Hayward on 01325 461149. Email:

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