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Award recognises graduate talent

Published: Monday, 07 December 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Employers have been shown the benefits of offering graduate job opportunities after a university leaver was honoured by New Civil Engineer (NCE).

The magazine's Graduate awards saw 24-year-old Arup employee James O'Donnell take the trophy and £1,000 prize money for work during his first year of unemployment.

Chris Lloyd form Halcrow and Laing O' Rourke's Owen Jones each won £500 for being runners-up at the awards show, while David Rowlinson from Hyder Consulting, Raghuraj Pandya from Atkins and Halcrow's Natalie Ward were also commended.

Richard Haryott, chairman of judges for the award, told NCE: "There is clearly no shortage of superb talent among our graduate engineers and all our six finalists were excellent. This fresh supply of skilled young engineers will prove vital as our industry rises out of recession."

The Guardian recently reported that 600,000 graduate jobs need to be created and filled by degree-level students in the next seven years if the industry is to help get the UK economy back on track.

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