The sponsors and sponsees will work together over an eight-month period, supported by online learning modules and other interactions, to access new opportunities, share knowledge and learnings, and establish stronger relationships that will contribute to advancing these women’s careers.
“At SMEC, diversity is in our DNA,” said James Phillis, CEO of SMEC Australia & New Zealand, who is also participating as a sponsor in the program. “We have over 5,500 employees in over 35 countries, each bringing their own unique background, skill set and thinking to our company. We know that many factors underpin gender equality and have been working to drive key improvements in flexible work practices, parental leave policies, and learning and development programs.
Being recognised an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality this year from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in Australia was an important achievement for our business. I’m excited to participate in our inaugural Cultivate sponsorship program and have the opportunity to pass on some of what I’ve learned over my career, as well as to learn from our program participants.”
“I’ve been fortunate in my career to have some fantastic sponsors, people who really advocated for me and actively looked at ways to advance my career,” says Kate Drews, Market Director, Urban Communities. “As a sponsor in the Cultivate program, I’m really pleased for this opportunity to fill that role for our younger female colleagues.”
Sabrina Kost, a Senior Associate Engineer in tunnels engineering, is looking forward to being involved a sponsee. “It will be great to get to know my sponsor better and build strong relationships that will broaden my internal network and lead to a deeper understanding of our business overall. I believe this will help me to identify synergies and ultimately assist our clients by providing more integrated services.”
SMEC recently celebrated the official opening of the Mwami/Mchinji One Stop Border Post (OSBP), a vital part of the Nacala transport corridor servicing the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
SMEC, along with Surbana Jurong, has been engaged to carry out a masterplan study for the Lake Volta region. The project will deliver an integrated, long-term Regional Development Plan, exploring the economic potential of Lake Volta and surrounding areas while protecting its natural environment.
Located in the north-eastern part of the metropolis, the 2,659 ha La Mesa Watershed Reservation is a protected area that contains the last remaining rainforest of its size surrounding the La Mesa Dam and Reservoir, the primary source of potable drinking water for 12 million residents in Metro Manila. The area comprises a variety of ecosystems that is home to many indigenous and endemic species of flora and fauna.
SMEC Australia are pleased to announce that in association with our partner The APP Group, we have been appointed Independent Certifier for the Western Harbour Tunnel Package 2. This role builds on our extensive track record as a provider of Independent Certification services on major infrastructure projects and will facilitate improved transport connections and safety benefits for our community