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The University of Ulster today unveiled over 150 new graduate level construction industry jobs and placement opportunities in an announcement it believes signals signs of recovery in the sector.

The opportunities were announced at the built environment placement and graduate recruitment event organised by the University of Ulster, which facilitates students seeking year out placements and full time graduate employment.

More than 30 top construction companies from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, including Lagan Construction, McLaughlin & Harvey, H&J Martin, AECOM and Grahams, met with students and recent graduates to promote the diverse range of opportunities on offer.

The opportunities unveiled cover a broad range of specialisms from surveying, health and safety, and construction management to renewable energy management and civil engineering. Of the 150 positions on offer, approximately 90 are full time graduate level jobs. The remainder are highly sought after 12 month work placements.

Head of the University of Ulster’s School of the Built Environment, Professor Greg Lloyd said: “We are all aware of how the construction sector has been affected by the downturn but the number of opportunities on offer today is extremely positive news.

“What is particularly impressive is the fact that our talented students are so sought after by both local and GB firms who could easily access graduates elsewhere. Many of the firms have spoken of the strong work ethic and commitment demonstrated by Ulster’s graduates which makes them so employable.”

The University of Ulster is focused on preparing students and graduates for the future. Placement opportunities are crucial as they provide students with invaluable industry experience.

Professor Lloyd continues: “Placements make our students even more attractive to employers once they graduate as they will have the industry ready skills required to make a real, positive difference in their future careers.

“I hope as these opportunities come to fruition, that many more people will be encouraged to pursue a career in the built environment and construction sector and play a part in future economic growth and stability.”