One of Aurecon’s key Principles is ‘Create a legacy'.
Together with clients who share similar goals, we deliver world-class projects and solutions which enhance our environment, build stronger communities, raise living standards and create vibrant and sustainable economies.
We’re also committed to investing and allocating resources to aid development and improve quality of life in the communities in which we live and work. This focus is embodied by the ‘Aurecon Cares programme in South Africa as well as projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, China and the Middle East.
Aurecon and its people embrace the philosophy of giving back to the community by encouraging proactive involvement in the company's multiple corporate social investment initiatives and voluntary programmes.
We understand each community's needs are unique, so our programmes encompass different aims – from empowering the young to become successful, active citizens, through to financial assistance for food and shelter.
Our profession enables our people to contribute in the most practical and effective ways by providing input into community development and infrastructure in needy areas around the globe.
Many of our employees are also giving back’ on a personal level in their local communities, which is something we encourage and support as an organisation.
From small beginnings in classrooms across Australia and New Zealand, to designing tomorrow’s greatest pieces of infrastructure, the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition offers secondary school students ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals.
Aurecon believes that the engineering, science and technology industries must work together and lead efforts to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths subjects) more accessible and appealing to young students. The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition encourages students to unlock their potential by engaging with STEM early.
The competition is open to Years 8 and 9 students in Australia, and Years 9 and 10 students in New Zealand across seven locations.
Melbourne finals of the 2018 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition
Indigenous Engineers of the Future
The Aurecon Perth and Sydney offices have partnered with Engineering Aid Australia to support the facilitation of Indigenous Engineering Summer Schools. The Summer Schools, run by Curtin University in Perth and Sydney University, engage indigenous Australian high school students in engineering as a potential career.
The programme supports commitments in Aurecon Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan and allows us to network and connect with young Indigenous people and encourage a career in engineering. We also get to showcase our digital and innovation initiatives during the networking sessions. For example, in Sydney we used the Virtual Reality sets to give the students a tour of the Barangaroo reserve.
Aurecon is committed to increasing opportunities for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples and this is one very direct way for us to do that. It is great to talk to year 10 students about what engineering is all about and to encourage them to enter our industry. It gives the students insight into the possible career path they could have within the industry. For Aurecon, it supports our path to diversity of thought and representing the communities in which we operate, by ensuring Indigenous Australians are represented in our organisation.
Nial O’Brien at the Sydney networking session
Students at the Perth networking session
Aurecon continued to support PROTEC in South Africa, which empowers young learners to pursue careers in STEM. The PROTEC project in Mamelodi produced stellar results with 100 per cent of learners passing their matric and 89% obtaining a Bachelor pass. The programme will continue in Bloemfontein and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) for the 2018/2019 financial year.
Aurecon has joined forces with Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui to support the growth of employment opportunities for young Māori. As part of the partnership, Aurecon has established a cadetship programme to provide career opportunities for Ngāi Tahu and Waikato-Tainui within the professional engineering services industry.
Below Carl Devereux discuss our cadetship programme with Ngāi Tahu and cadets Max Tiweka, Antony Gray and Max Korako share their experiences at Aurecon.
Also hear Aurecon cadets Bobby Mahara and Taane Ngakete from Waikato-Tainuishare their experiences.
Aurecon continues a corporate partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a not-for-profit organisation that connects, educates and empowers people through humanitarian engineering. EWB provides opportunities for corporate partners to contribute skills and expertise to poverty alleviation projects and community development, and to participate in initiatives that lead sector-wide change and innovation. Aurecon staff are also involved in mentoring the next generation of engineers and non-engineers by participating in the EWB Challenge, fundraising activities, and knowledge-sharing events through the EWB-Aurecon partnership.
In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, Aurecon employees in South Africa volunteered their time to build houses for the needy. The aim of this initiative is to assist communities address, improve and self-manage their development to sustain their economic futures by building them houses.
Aurecon employees in South Africa volunteering their time to build houses for the needy