For both students who share an interest in STEM and how things work – this would be their first taste of what engineering could look like as a career.
For Phil Gardiner, IrwinConsult Managing Director, this was a continuation of our commitment to identifying, and nurturing new talent.
“We have had great success with work experience students in the past,” said Phil.
“One of our now senior engineers, Simon Di Pietrantonio, did work experience with us when he was in Year 10. He then did an undergraduate internship and joined us as a graduate. He is still here today, and is one of our rising stars.”
Andy Cross, Head of Talent Acquisition & Mobility, agrees that this is the way forward.
He said, “The idea of developing a new talent pool has to be the end goal and you do that by engaging at a high school level and pre-high school to nurture and develop STEM career paths.”
However, he also acknowledged the challenges that come with such an approach.
“It's difficult with high school students because they're not likely to be prospective employees for another four or five years and people want choice,” he continues. “Nevertheless, it’s important for us to lead the way and encourage the next generation into STEM professions.”
Is it possible to keep the spark alive during this tumultuous time of growth, change and self dicovery or are cases like Simon the exception to the rule?