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. We embed this focus in our projects.
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.
BUILDING STRONGER COMMUNITIES
Aurecon's Bridge Building Competition: A 'real-world' engineering experience
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
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.
Nial O’Brien at the Sydney networking session
Students at the Perth networking session
Partnering with Engineers Without Borders
Aurecon continues a corporate partnership with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a not-for-profit organisation that connects, educates and empowers people through humanitarian engineering. Engineers without borders 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, Schools Outreach programme, fundraising activities, and knowledge-sharing events through the Engineers without borders-Aurecon partnership.
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