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Graduates enlisted to help promote civils


ENGINEERING UNCOVERED is the title of a new presentation devised by three graduates to persuade engineering students that a civils career is worth pursuing.

Now they need to recruit recent graduates to help present Engineering Uncovered at 40 universities with ICE-accredited civil engineering degrees, all within one week at the end of November.

The presentation has been prepared by Mark Sinclair (Oscar Faber), Pauline Mann and Cathy Bacon (both of Whitby Bird) as their entry into this year's Henry Palmer Award.

Henry Palmer is run biennially by the ICE and challenges teams of graduates to come up with new initiatives to promote civil engineering to students. This year's award final is next Friday.

The award encourages teams to target schoolchildren but, after a review of the many initiatives now under way in this field, the Engineering Uncovered team decided instead to aim for university students.

The presentation emphasises the variety of work and levels of responsibility open to new graduates in a no text, no jargon format. It will be delivered by a team of graduates representing consultants, contractors and architects, all with no more than five year's experience and in a one hour time slot.

All parties benefit, according to Sinclair: 'The universities benefit from links into industry, the graduates get to sign off core objectives in their training schemes, the graduates' companies get almost free marketing, and the students get their career path and job opportunities on a plate.'

So far 20 of the 40 universities approached have responded favourably to the plan, and eight out of 12 companies are ready to provide graduates.

If successful, the team hopes the presentations can be taken on by the ICE as an annual event.

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