WSP’s Jake Berry Recognised with Inaugural Aboriginal Employee Excellence Award

Congratulations to Jake Berry, Graduate Mechanical Engineer from our Adelaide office who has received an Aboriginal Employee Excellence Award from His Excellency, The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia.

Jake, whose mother is a Barkindji woman from Western New South Wales, joined WSP as a cadet in November 2014 working in a casual role with Santos. In 2016, he progressed to a graduate level position while completing his degree (Bachelor of Engineering with Honours).

 

Today at WSP, Jake is focused on developing mechanical HVAC solutions and sustainable outcomes for our clients in the Property and Buildings sector.

 

In the past few years Jake has worked casually with the Department of Education and Child Development. He planned and then implemented the Young Aboriginal STEM Thinkers of South Australia (YATSA) program.  Jake’s role is to mentor and support the young high school student leaders who meet once a year to create their own STEM Congress.

 

This STEM Congress has been held at the Adelaide Oval for the past two years and has had as many as 300 children and teachers participate over two days. Another part of his role is helping and coordinating the activities with the kids and educating/sharing his experiences with them about the career paths and opportunities to make real change within STEM fields.

 

At WSP, Jake shares the Champion role along with Erin Fitzner to organise activities and training aligned to our RAP commitments. This year’s highlight was working closely with the Smith Family to have indigenous high school students interested in STEM come through the office to learn about the technical roles that exist within the company.

 

Jake is also on the steering committee of the Adelaide Sustainable Building Network (ASBN) to help coordinate and run events focused on sustainable building design and clean energy.

 

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