Brighter futures for Indigenous youth

John Holland is proud to partner with Arup on a new program to create jobs and training opportunities for Indigenous youth in areas where it is most needed.

John Holland is committed to putting people at the centre of everything we do and recognises that an improved built environment needs the strengths and input of Australia’s Indigenous communities.

The partnership will create education, mentoring, career, design and business opportunities in engineering and construction projects.

The first joint project involved 15 Indigenous students learning about the different types of roles on major projects and included a site tour of the Sydney Metro project.

John Holland CEO Joe Barr said construction companies had a responsibility to share the benefits of the infrastructure boom.

“We believe we have a role to play in creating opportunities for Indigenous youth to help us create the future of our built environment,” Mr Barr said.’

“This once-in-a-generation infrastructure boom has the unique capacity to change lives through employment and training, and we can’t afford to let this chance go to waste.”

John Holland National Indigenous Engagement Manager Sharon Gray said both companies were committed to providing the same opportunities to Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people.

“The new partnership will seek to bring parity of opportunity to Indigenous youth through sponsored education, skilled employment and a clear and equal path to leadership positions in our industry and nation,” Ms Gray said.

Arup Transport Developments leader David Harding said both companies are working together to create a program of opportunities over the next year.

“We’ve got a lot to learn from our nation’s First People. They are the custodians of the land we live and work on and have practised design principles for centuries that are not only relevant, but demonstrate exceptional resiliency,” Mr Harding said.