John Holland is pleased to continue to transform the lives of marginalised engineers from refugee and migrant backgrounds by offering a door-opening opportunity into Australia’s booming infrastructure industry.
Last year our industry-first Pathway Program was a huge success with 91 per cent of the 23 participants securing full-time employment at John Holland, and we aim to raise the bar even further in 2019.
Our eight new candidates are a diverse mix of engineers, representing five different countries and specialising in a range of disciplines. They are talented, enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead while working on our Victorian projects and in our offices and, entirely by chance, they are all women.
John Holland’s Diversity and Social Inclusion Manager, Abbey White, said the program received more than 350 applications this year and many were from qualified female engineers.
“It’s fantastic that the infrastructure boom is attracting more women to our industry. We were overwhelmed with the quality of female applicants this year, particularly civil engineers, and we look forward to seeing every one of them embrace this stepping stone to a rewarding career,” Ms White said.
The Pathways Program is designed to provide skilled engineers with a life-changing opportunity by offering:
- Access to an employment opportunity at John Holland, one of Australia’s leading infrastructure and property companies
- Pre-employment training before commencement on site which covers industry specific upskilling, Australian corporate culture and leadership training
- The opportunity to be part of a program that provides professional support through mentoring
- A pathway with a possibility of permanent employment on completion of the six-month supported program.
The candidates are currently completing work placement in various roles with John Holland’s teams across Victoria. These teams include our commercial, planning and project control teams, and our project teams such as the North Western Program Alliance and our team delivering the Melbourne Water Capital Delivery Program.