Scott Dalton was awarded the Construction, Engineering and Design Graduate of the Year Award on Friday 22nd April at an event organised by Targetjobs and sponsored by Laing O'Rourke.
After applying online and attending a Laing O'Rourke assessment day, which included a group exercise, presentation and interview with company representatives, Scott was picked from 24 other candidates to join a shortlist of ten. At the awards ceremony held in Canary Wharf, Scott, who is studying civil engineering at Brighton University, was announced as the winner and was presented with the award by television journalist Fiona Bruce.
The judges were impressed in particular with Scott's work on the ICE G&S Brighton & Gatwick, where he is Chair and his work in promoting STEM subjects to school children. They also praised his overall commitment to getting into something he is extremely passionate about: civil engineering.
Scott, who is currently studying for his MEng Civil Engineering degree from the University of Brighton, will be flown out by Laing O'Rourke to Dubai in the summer for a couple of months to work on the new Motiongate theme park.
Scott said: "I had a great day out celebrating with the other candidates, and am delighted to be finishing off my time at university with the award to my name. To make it to the top 10 was a huge achievement for me personally and to go one step further and win it is an absolute honour! The other finalists were all brilliant and had done a huge amount of incredible things in their time before and during University."
Suzanne Moroney, ICE Director for South East England, said: "It is always fantastic when our members get recognition for the hard work they do every day to highlight the importance of civil engineering and to inspire the next generation to go into the industry. Scott is a thoroughly deserving winner who has done so much for the ICE Brighton and Gatwick G&S Committee and for the ICE as a whole – a huge congratulations to him."
The award was open across construction, civil, mechanical, electrical and architectural courses and had around 500 entrants from students at University's across the UK.