Woollam Constructions is dedicated to building a strong future for cadets and apprentices, ensuring they are industry prepared and qualified beyond their degrees and trade certifications. Through the Woollam Young Builders Alliance program, Woollam is shaping future leaders and strengthening the construction industry’s professional workforce.
The program currently employs 6 university students who are in various stages of completing Construction Management, Quantity Surveying and Engineering degrees at Queensland University of Technology. Woollam also supports a large number of apprentices through direct involvement in projects and a commitment to job training. The program enables the cadets and apprentices to experience work on projects up to $25 million across Aged Care, Commercial, Education, Retail, Industrial and Health sectors.
Cadets delve into various departments and learn all facets of the industry from Tendering, Estimating, Contract Administration through to gaining site based experience. Woollam Constructions Estimating Manager and team leader, Emma Hill, says the program fosters broad real-world experiences and challenges to help them develop key skills and competencies.
“The program is more than a job while studying, it’s a professional and educational experience that prepares students for a successful transition to a challenging and rewarding career,” Mrs Hill said. “It’s also a chance for Woollam Constructions to see students in action. We match the talents and interests of today’s brightest minds to the emerging needs of our business” she said.
Woollam Constructions cadet and Quantity Surveying student, Rachel Mawn, has successfully won tenders on real-life multi-million dollar projects during her cadetship and is now sharing her experiences with new cadets to benefit their future potential.
“Woollams have provided me with an amazing opportunity. Receiving first-hand experience of the construction industry through the cadet program has been invaluable in progressing my construction knowledge. I’m looking forward to building on this knowledge as an integral part of the Woollam Constructions team for many projects to come,” Miss Mawn said.
Woollam’s Project Manager Luke Smith began with the company as a cadet while completing a Quantity Surveying degree, and now ten years later enjoys his position working across all sectors of the industry.
“The cadet program enabled me to experience all aspects of construction including administration, design management, estimating and project management. I have since managed a range of multi-million dollar projects with client focused delivery – it’s what I love doing”, Mr Smith said.