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Laing O'Rourke provides graduate jobs

Published: Friday, 27 March 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Britain's biggest construction company Laing O'Rourke is to create 1,000 apprenticeships this year despite worsening economic conditions, which may come as positive news for those looking for graduate construction jobs.

The company normally take on 800 apprentices a year but have taken the decision to increase the number by 200 this year.

Ray O'Rourke, chairman and chief executive of the company, has expressed the need for investing in the future in order to benefit in the long term.

In an interview with the Times, Mr O'Rourke said that employers had a responsibility towards graduates to provide employment in a recession to retain talent for the industry.

He added: "We will get graduates this year who might in previous years have gone into careers in financial services. It is time for them to have another look at our industry. One of the things we want to do is to challenge preconceptions of our industry and change it."

Graduate job providers in the north-east received a boost recently with £724,000-worth of funding provided by the European Regional Development Fund to help stimulate graduate recruitment by small and medium businesses, according to the Journal and Evening Gazette.


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