JCT’s 2014 Student Essay Competition is now open to construction students, with a winning prize of £1,000 and runner-up prizes of £250 available.
This year’s topic is ‘What could be done to simplify construction?’ – a title that gives students a broad range of options in producing their 2,500-word entry. They are able to comment on the industry as a whole, or focus on one particular aspect of construction, such as BIM or sustainability.
The competition is now in its third year, having been launched initially as part of JCT’s Education and Training Initiative. A key objective of the scheme was to provide opportunities and support for those studying for a future in the construction industry. The continued success of the competition highlights the importance of developing construction education and the understanding of construction contracts.
Previous competition topics have included ‘A vision for the future of construction’, ‘The future of construction contract management in the digital age’, and ‘The changing face of construction’. Winning entries from the 2012 and 2013 competitions can be read via the JCT website at www.jctltd.co.uk/student-competition.aspx.
In addition to students entering, educational and professional institutions may also enter essays on their students’ behalf for this year’s competition. Entries can be based on coursework already submitted by students for their academic studies, as long as they meet the criteria and topic of this year’s competition.
JCT’s Student Essay Competition is open to any student registered with a UK institution, studying a degree, professional qualification, vocational course, trade apprenticeship, or any other construction-related study programme. The competition closes on Wednesday 19th March 2014.
Judging will take place during May 2014, with a special prize-giving ceremony to be announced. For more details, and to enter the competition, visit www.jctltd.co.uk/student-competition.aspx.