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Inspiring Students to Consider A Career In Infrastructure

Earlier this month the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade; Rocklea to Darra Team hosted a group of year 10 students from Ambrose Tracey College for a ‘day in the life of…’

The program was designed to introduce the students to the wide variety of job opportunities on an infrastructure project.

Starting with a safety induction, toolbox talk and a presentation on the project, the students were then escorted onsite to see firsthand the activities underway (although the wet weather did hamper the walk around!) Staff from both TMR and the project’s joint venture partner Bielby Hull Albem (BHA) were involved in an open floor Q&A session for students to ask questions about what they do in their day-to-day jobs, aimed at helping student to decide if Engineering – Civil/Structural or perhaps a trade may be the right stream for them.

The day finished with a practical activity, where the students were presented with an actual problem that the project had faced and the range of options that were developed by the project team. They were placed into groups and had to work through the design options and offer their feedback on which solution was implemented. An email from their teacher afterwards confirmed the day was a great success and a huge thank you to all the staff who took time out of their day to present, chat to the students and be involved.

‘When asked if any boys had changed their ideas about what they wanted to do career wise, several said they were now thinking of engineering as a career and a few more were interested in site foreman or site manager roles. So with that said I think overall the day went very well and thank you again.’ Sean Smith, ATC Design Teacher.

Just another example of the amazing teamwork, collaboration and information sharing that goes on out at R2D!

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