Aiming to open the doors to a wider range of career choices for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, Lendlease Engineering has been recognised in Queensland for its school engagement programs.
Lendlease Engineering was awarded the Queensland Major Contractors Association (QMCA) Ian Harrington Award for collaboration after successfully developing and running several school engagement programs in partnership with the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) in Queensland.
ABCN is a not-for-profit organisation that collaborates with businesses to provide mentoring opportunities for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds to broaden their understanding of career pathways and opportunities.
In 2017, Lendlease Engineering became ABCN’s first, and remains today its only, civil infrastructure contractor partner in Queensland.
“Lendlease is extremely proud to offer development opportunities to encourage more young Queenslanders to pursue careers in the civil construction industry,” said Glen McIlroy, Lendlease Engineering Executive General Manager – Northern Region.
“The aim of these programs is to promote STEM-related careers in the civil construction industry and assist students develop crucial interview skills to help them pursue these careers when the time comes.
Over 110 students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds have benefited from these programs, involving nearly 60 volunteers from Lendlease’s regional Head Office and three major infrastructure projects in Brisbane: Gateway Upgrade North, Kingsford Smith Drive upgrade and Pacific Motorway Upgrade.
“This collaboration with Lendlease Engineering is important because it allows students from high-needs schools to be exposed to a wider diversity of career choices, including in the civil infrastructure industry,” added Heather Smith, ABCN Queensland Manager.
Lendlease Engineering is the only property and infrastructure group in Queensland to partner with ABCN to help develop and equip students with specialist skills, mentoring and career opportunities. ABCN’s collaboration with Lendlease Engineering has grown from one program in 2017, to two programs in 2018, with seven programs currently running at major projects across Queensland.
“We’re hoping these programs will increase the diversity of students considering careers in civil construction, with many of the students from multicultural backgrounds and around 50 per cent of the cohort female,” added Mr McIlroy.