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.
Mandela Day serves to remind each of us to reflect on whether we are living up to Madiba’s remarkable legacy: the values of compassion, forgiveness, decency, love and respect for all people. Our offices globally organised special events to commemorate the day.
Staff from our Port Elizabeth office in South Africa visited Lower Walmer Primay for Mandela Day 2016
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.
Aurecon runs an annual school bridge building competition involving year 8 and 9 students in Australia and year 9 and 10 students in New Zealand, to raise awareness of the engineering profession among students.
|Gladstone finals of the 2016 Aurecon Bridge Building Competition|
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.
Through the Aurecon Cares initiative, Aurecon donated five touch screen tablets to the top performing learners at the annual awards ceremony of the Maths and Science Leadership Academy (MSLA) in Kimberley, South Africa.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Mathematics Competition has been taking place annually since 1977. Aurecon is and has been a proud a sponsor of the completion, which aims to popularise mathematics among high schools in the Western Cape and to identify promising students, for the past decade.
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.
In the developing world, far more young minds need to be attracted to engineering and in particular women, who are under-represented in many fields, must be part of the solution. Aurecon is helping to address Africa’s problem of under-representation of women, which is particularly prevalent in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers and Entrepreneurship.
Taungana girls visiting Aurecon in 2016