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Construction firm completes 'record year' for graduate jobs
Monday, 30 November 2009
Science, IT and Engineering
Two university leavers with degrees in construction and surveying have joined a national firm with offices in Norwich and Cambridge, rounding off the best year for graduate jobs in the company's history.
Morgan Ashurst has now taken on 22-year-old Kevin Granger and 23-year-old Ashley Holmes to take the number of graduate jobs it provided in the last 12 months to 24, doubling 2008's figures.
The two will now boost their skills by joining a £1.3 million pavilion construction project in East Anglia and working on a new centre for a dance organisation in Ipswich, respectively.
They will also be studying for qualifications from the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Eastern Daily Press reported.
Gavin Napper, Norwich area director for Morgan Ashurst, warned fellow employers: "It would have been quite easy for Morgan Ashurst to follow in the footsteps of other firms and cut our graduate training programme, but we believe this would have been a false economy."
The Daily Telegraph recently suggested that graduate job hunters in the construction sector should try other fields if they are not successful, after Higher Education Careers Services Unit figures showed that they have been the worst-hit by the recession.