Unitywater has welcomed six young engineers as part of its inaugural graduate program. Fresh out of university, the civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical and environmental engineers began their induction recently as the newest employees of the region’s water supply and sewerage provider.
The graduate recruitment program is a new addition to the employment and training opportunities provided by Unitywater and follows this year’s intake of apprentices.
George Theo, CEO of Unitywater, said the graduate and apprenticeship programs place the water supply and sewerage utility as a key provider of training and professional development in the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions.
“As an essential service, it’s important for Unitywater to plan ahead, not just to meet the demands of our growing population but to make sure we have the right level and mix of skills to run our operations into the future.
“This means attracting, developing and retaining excellent staff, and actively partnering with them in career development and succession planning.”
To gain entry to Unitywater the young engineers had to impress the selection panel in a highly competitive process that ranked more than 200 applications for a place on the program.
Mr Theo said the young engineers will work their way through various departments over their three year program, gaining a range of valuable experience. Throughout the three years, Unitywater will actively support the professional development of each through Engineering Education Australia.
While the young engineers have the opportunity to apply their university studies in a practical and hands-on way, there is also a bigger picture to see. Environmental engineer Joseph Xu hopes to be part of the solution to climate change.
“Engineering is not just about designing, building or operating infrastructure, it’s about solving complex problems facing our communities,” Joseph said. “I want to establish a solid grounding in engineering in the water industry while gradually moving into a position to improve sustainability outcomes.”
In early March four new apprentices – two mechanical and two electrical – comprised Unitywater’s second ever intake into its apprenticeship program providing vocational training on the path to formal trade qualifications.
“Our aim is to launch the careers of our apprentices and graduate engineers with excellent training and professional development. Importantly, we hope they will choose to continue with Unitywater into the future.”
Unitywater is a major employer in the Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions, and is committed to making work opportunities possible for the youth in the region.