Leighton Contractors announces specialist engineering program partnership

27 Aug 12

Leighton Contractors has today joined with the WA Minister for Education, the Hon Peter Collier, in formally announcing its partnership with Governor Stirling Senior High School through the school’s new Approved Specialist Program in Engineering.

The program has been established to help meet demand for engineers and tradespeople in Western Australia. Commencing in 2013, the program will run from Years 8 to 12 in vocational and academic streams, with a total of 44 students within each year group.

Leighton Contractors will provide $268,000 to the school over five years. This will fund:

  • Fifteen foundation scholarships per year for Year 8 students: five each for the top ranked young girls, Indigenous and academic students.
  • Five traineeships per year for vocational traineeship students (VET).
  • Excursions, student projects (such as the Solar Car Challenge), awards for academic and vocational achievement, and an engineering school exchange program.

Governor Stirling is the first high school in Western Australia to establish an academic engineering program and its partnership with Leighton Contractors will help ensure that girls, Indigenous students and top young academic talent get a helping hand in undertaking and completing their studies through to Year 12.

Announcing the partnership at the site of the new $63million Governor Stirling school development in Midland, Leighton Contractors General Manager, Graeme Dunn, said the company was proud of the important contribution that it can make to this new wave of engineering students.

“The company understands that the training and development of young Western Australians is of extraordinary importance – as thousands more people will be required in coming years to ensure the success and sustainability of resource sector projects,” he said.

“Leighton Contractors will also provide opportunities for its team of highly specialised and experienced engineers to help bring the curriculum to life – by assisting teachers, mentoring students and providing on the ground examples of engineering in the field.

“Governor Stirling’s future engineers will find Leighton Contractors employs across the spectrum of the discipline, from mechanical and chemical, to environmental, geotechnical, civil and mining engineering.”

Mr Dunn said work experience for selected students will be offered and the company will offer support to students entering tertiary studies through scholarships and its graduate program.