Are you the Construction, Engineering & Design Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding construction engineering and design undergraduate of the year. You must be a creative thinker, natural problem solver and someone who likes to challenge the status quo.


An all-expenses paid international summer placement! You’ll get to work on one of Laing O’Rourke’s overseas projects – previous winners spent two months in Australia.

What makes an award winner?

We’re looking for people who share our passion for ‘challenging and changing’ the construction industry. So, you’ll be the kind of person who:

  • likes to shake up the status quo – because you know there’s a better way and you’re determined to find it
  • is a creative thinker and a natural problem solver
  • has a keen interest in the construction industry, meaning you’ll be up to speed with the latest developments and newest techniques.

Project delivery is a team sport, so you’ll also:

  • have excellent communication skills
  • be willing to play an active (even leading) role
  • use your initiative and drive in the face of a challenge
  • be able to work as part of a group, listen to and learn from others around you.

The closing date for entries is 30 January 2017.

How do I win?

Stage 1A


Register your details online and answer questions set by Laing O'Rourke.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Stage 1B

Online tests

Receive an email inviting you to sit three online tests designed exclusively by our partner CEB.

Must be completed by 30.01.17

Submit by

30 January 2017

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 30 January 2017.

If you are successful you will hear from us by 28 February 2017.

Stage 2

Assessment centre

If you successfully make it to the next stage you will be invited by Laing O'Rourke to attend an assessment centre.

Stage 3

Grand final

The final shortlist of 10 students will be invited to the awards ceremony at Canary Wharf, where the 2017 award winners will be announced!

Laing O'Rourke

Laing O'Rourke and the Construction, Engineering and Design Undergraduate of the Year

At Laing O’Rourke we believe talent should be celebrated. We know there are some pretty amazing undergraduates out there – and think it’s time to shine a spotlight on their achievements. That’s why, once again, we’re sponsoring the Construction, Engineering and Design Award in the 2017 TARGETjobs Undergraduate of the Year awards.

What’s in it for us? Well, we get to engage with students, like you, from universities across the UK. We’ll challenge you to think creatively about the future of our sector and share our insights into the latest developments in project delivery. We’ll show you the many different opportunities open to you and hopefully inspire you to continue on to a career in our industry.

What’s in it for you? In addition to receiving the recognition of respected industry figures, you’ll be in the running for a summer work placement on one of our projects overseas. Through the selection process, you’ll also gain first-hand experience of the recruitment methods used by major companies like Laing O’Rourke – putting you ahead of many of your peers. But, most importantly, with an award like this in the bag, you’ll be well on your way to a successful future.

Find out more about us and our graduate opportunities at:

Previous winner

Scott Dalton, Civil Engineering, University of Brighton

Scott studied for an MEng civil engineering degree at the University of Brighton. Scott is the chairman of the ICE Students/Graduates committee for Brighton/Gatwick where he has most recently organised a five week professional development course in construction management subjects as well as a schools outreach program. He is also a STEM ambassador and works part time as a social media representative for the university.

‘To make it to the final top ten was a huge achievement for me and to go one step further and win was an absolute honour. I had a great day out celebrating with the other candidates and it was amazing to finish off my time at university with an award to my name,’ says Scott. ‘The prize of a work placement in Dubai with Laing O’Rourke was a fantastic opportunity. I couldn’t wait to get out there.’


Before you start your application

Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.

Browser suitability

To enable you to take the tests you will need to make sure that:

  • Flash Player needs to be up to date, and the tests can be accessed on the following browsers:
    • Internet Explorer – Version 6.0 and higher (Windows PC Only)
    • Firefox – Version 2.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
    • Safari – Version 4.0 and higher (Mac only)
    • Google Chrome – Version 4.0 and higher (Windows PC or Mac)
  • iPads, other tablets and smart phones are currently not supported.

Hints and tips

Give yourself enough time:

  • As part of the process you will be asked to answer some questions set by the awards partner. Take your time with these as they will be used as part of the longlisting process. Compose them in Microsoft Word (or a similar programme), spell check and word count your answer before submitting into your application form.
  • You don’t have to complete everything in one go. Just remember to save everything as you go!
  • The tests themselves (up to 4 depending on the Awards category) should take no more than two hours to complete.
  • ALL stages must be submitted by 30 January 2017.
  • If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email