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Graduate awards take the stand

Civils 2000

Three of last year's most talented civil engineering graduates should get an early boost to their careers at Civils 2000 when their achievements are applauded by 200 of the industry's top engineers and employers during an NCE hosted lunch at the exhibition on Thursday 25 May.

The NCE Graduate Awards 2000, launched this week, will announce its top three finalists at the reception, with the winner receiving £1000 plus a special trophy and two runners' up £500 each.

The aim of the prestigious awards, now in their third year, is to recognise the graduate's all-round ability both at university and during the first few months of a post-grad job. The competition is open to anyone who graduated from a civil or structural engineering course last year or early this year.

'We are not just looking for academic high fliers but graduates who can demonstrate an enthusiasm and pride in their chosen profession,' said awards secretary David Hayward. 'Their ability to communicate and generate fresh ideas is, to us, more important than a first-class honours degree and we are encouraging everyone who is proud of their achievements so far to enter.'

Graduates must enter personally, but have their submission endorsed by a company training officer or senior engineer. For any graduate not in full-time employment, that endorsement should come from a university head of department.

Entrants will also be asked to respond briefly to the question: What do you think should be the civil engineer's role in society during the 21st century?

The judging panel will consist of senior engineers from the award's sponsors.

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

Closing date for entries is 8 April.

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