We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding construction engineering and design undergraduate. You must be a creative thinker, natural problem solver and someone who likes to challenge the status quo.
To enter you must:
- be a penultimate year undergraduate at a UK university.
- be a UK or EU national.
- study Quantity Surveying, Construction, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, or Architectural Engineering related degrees.
- be expecting at least a 2.1.
What makes an award winner?
We’re looking for people who share our passion for ‘challenging and changing’ the 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. You’ll be a creative thinker and a natural problem solver. Your keen interest in the industry means you’ll be up to speed with the latest developments and newest techniques.
But project delivery is a 'team sport' so you’ll need excellent communication skills. You won’t be afraid to play an active (even leading) role – and your initiative and drive will come to the fore in the face of a challenge. But, you will also be able to work as part of a group, listen to and learn from others around you.
Closing date for entries is 9am 1 February 2016.
Awards ceremony takes place on 22 April 2016 at Canary Wharf, London.
How do I win?
It’s not easy to win an Undergraduate of the Year Award and competition will be fierce. The process is demanding and only the truly outstanding and committed will make it to the last ten. There are three stages that you’ll have to get through to reach the final.
Register online to submit your personal data and answer two special questions posed by Laing O’Rourke.
Once you have completed Stage 1 and submitted your application, you will be invited to complete three online tests designed exclusively by our partners CEB SHL, the world’s leading assessment provider. The online assessment will take you around two hours to complete (although you don’t have to complete it in one visit) and will include situational judgement, OPQ and inductive reasoning tests. We will then invite successful candidates to the next stage after the closing date on 1 February 2016.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 must be complete by 9am Monday 1st February 2016
The best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to stage 3 which will involve an assessment day held on the 3rd or 4th March at Laing O'Rourke's Head Office in Dartford. The assessment day will consist of a half day assessment centre including a group exercise and interview with two managers from Laing O'Rourke. There will also be a tour of the faculty. From there Laing O'Rourke will then decide on a shortlist of ten from the undergraduates who pass the first and second stages.
The final shortlist of ten is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf, London on 22 April, 2016 where the winner will be announced.
Read more about last year's winner Jessica Dowdy.
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 2016 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: www.laingorourke.com/Careers
Hear from our 2015 winner, Jessica Dowdy, in her own words: tjbloggers.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/we-meet-construction-engineering-design.html
Jessica Dowdy, Construction Project Management, Oxford Brookes University
Jessica is a Construction Project Management Student at Oxford Brookes University, currently completing an industrial placement as an Assistant Project Leader. As the National Award Winner of the Women in Property Student Awards 2014, she has contributed significantly during her time at university through establishing and leading the Oxford Brookes University Construction Society in addition to becoming student representative for her course. She was also the recipient of the ‘Best Student Award’ for both first and second year. She has completed work experience in Dubai and ran the Oxford Half Marathon, raising £1,664 for Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance.
Read more about last year's winner Jessica Dowdy.
Before you start your application
Before you begin please make sure you have read the criteria carefully on undergraduateoftheyear.com, checking the ‘Entry criteria’ and ‘How do I win?’ tabs for criteria details and information on the process.
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 9am Monday 1st February 2016.
- If you are not sure about anything then ask! You can contact us via email on Undergraduateoftheyear@groupgti.com