Building future talent

In FY17, we continued to build our pipeline of future talent with a particular focus on promoting diversity and equal opportunity in the infrastructure sector by providing opportunities for female graduates and students.

This year 83 graduates, interns and work experience students joined Transurban, and we hosted hundreds more for site visits, industry events and mentoring programs.

Transurban sponsored several engineering scholarships to support students completing their studies and bring new talent into our business.

The Cameron Roberts Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Cameron Roberts, a highly valued member of the Transurban Finance team who sadly passed away in 2015.

This year we awarded this scholarship to Kubra Taher. Kubra is a third-year civil engineering student, and is the first in her family to attend university. Kubra will receive financial support to complete her degree and work experience and mentoring from Transurban.

Two third-year female engineering students in the Monash University Engineering Leadership program were awarded scholarships. These students will undertake work experience with CityLink during university holiday periods.

We provided industry experience and mentoring for undergraduate students that may be considering joining our industry.
As part of the Monash Industry Team Initiative (MITI) program, 16 undergraduates completed projects on road usage optimisation, improving travel speeds through tunnels, mobile tolling apps to improve customer experience, and innovative technologies for future Transurban offices.

Through our partnership in Western Sydney University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) program, we offered women studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) the chance to meet senior engineering and science professionals, and gain skills and experience to prepare them for their transition to the workforce.

Transurban also hosted a site visit to our NorthConnex project for the WiSE program’s launch event.


We also reached out to high school students to encourage them to consider studies and possible career paths in business, engineering and infrastructure.

Transurban ran an industry experience session on Transport Planning for Sydney with around 130 female high school students at the University of NSW’s Power of Engineering day in September 2016. We also hosted a Power of Engineering event at our Cross City Tunnel asset, with Year 10 students from Loretta Kirribilli.

The CityLink Tulla Widening project hosted seven students from Strathmore Secondary College for a week of work experience.

Our head office in Melbourne office hosted a group of eight indigenous year nine and ten students and their teachers from the Ganbina Indigenous Youth Program.

Four students from a range of degrees joined us for a 12-week intern program in Transurban’s first summer internship program with Virginia Tech in the USA. The students were placed in the Procurement, Finance, Operations and Technology areas of the USA business.

 

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