Abigroup bridges gap for regional students in WA
05 November 2009
On Monday 26 October Abigroup announced the winners of our Regional Engineering/Surveying Scholarship Programme in Western Australia at Geraldton Senior College’s valedictory ceremony.
Flynn Drage, Nick Ioannidis and Danny Datta-Johnson, were awarded the scholarships which include tuition/HECS fees, a laptop, paid work experience, mentoring and the opportunity for employment after graduation. In addition, a further student, Tamara Legge, was offered vocational employment after a years study and the possibility for her to claim a scholarship in the future.
The Scholarship scheme is a joint initiative with Main Roads Western Australia and aims to achieve the following objectives:
- Provide opportunities for local regional students from a low/medium socioeconomic background to attend tertiary studies in Perth;
- Provide the community of our first major project in WA with a long standing legacy that will be remembered in addition to the quality road we have built; and
- Provide focus, understanding and benefits of pursuing Civil Engineering and Surveying careers in the Construction Industry.
Abigroup’s Western Region Engineering Manager, Mark Davidovic, said, “I know from my own personnel experience that the transition from school to university is tough for regional students.”
“Without this programme, it is unlikely these kids would have had the ability to follow this career path.”
“We will not only provide them with financial support but allocate mentors to aid their development and then give them the security of two years employment following the completion of their courses. Hopefully they will continue to work for Abigroup for many years beyond that..”
Two of the successful students will study towards a Diploma of Surveying and one will complete a Civil Engineering degree at Curtin University.
The students were selected following a process led by WA HR Manager, Abby Kenward, and Project Manager, Craig Irvine, which included a written application, nomination from the school, site familiarisation tours and interviews with school officials, students, parents and Abigroup managers.
Mark congratulated the winning students and wished them luck with their coming courses.
L to R: MRWA Acting Regional Manager Peter Cartwright, Abigroup PM Peter Swann, students Tamara Legge, Flynn Drage, Nick Ioannidis and Danny Datta-Johnson, Abigroup PM Craig Irvine & Geraldton Senior College Principal Garry Simmons.