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Are you the Construction and Engineering Undergraduate of the Year?

We're searching UK universities to find the outstanding Construction and Engineering Undergraduate of the Year. We are looking for a creative thinker, natural problem solver and someone who likes to challenge the status quo.

Applications for the awards are now closed.


A six- to eight-week summer placement or a year in industry on one of Laing O'Rourke's prestigious projects within the UK!

To enter you must:

  • be an undergraduate student in your penultimate year or your second year of a four-year course at university
  • be studying civil engineering or quantity surveying
  • be on track to achieve a 2.1 or above
  • have the right to work in the UK after graduation

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

How do I win?


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

Must be completed by 31.01.20

Online tests

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

Must be completed by 31.01.20

Submit by 31.01.20

Your details must be submitted and all online tests completed by 31 January 2020.

If you are successful in getting through to the next stage, you will hear from us by 21 February 2020.

Assessment centre

If you pass the online tests and make it to the next stage your application will be reviewed by Laing O'Rourke.

This stage will include an assessment day.

Grand final

The final shortlist of ten students will be invited to the awards ceremony on 4 September 2020 at Canary Wharf, where the award winners will be announced!

Laing O'Rourke and the Construction and Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award

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 and Engineering Undergraduate of the Year Award in 2020.

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 or year in industry on one of our projects. 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:

Entry criteria

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