Support STEMs From a Passion for Our People

In alignment with our commitment to supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers and the development of our people, we are once again excited to welcome new cadets to the firm.

Pictured L-R:  Zual Klalthan (Power), Anthony Lin (Transport), Andy Cross (Head of Talent Acquisition & Mobility) and Abby Hutchins (Water).


Five new cadets – four in Sydney and one in Brisbane – will join us shortly as part of the Cadetship to Career Program coordinated by The Smith Family and the Business Council of Australia.


This year’s cadets are:

  • April Thompson - Environment
  • Abby Hutchins - Water
  • Zual Klalthan – Power team
  • Anthony Lin – Transport
  • Wajid Khan – Transport QLD


A youth employment initiative designed to help disadvantaged young people make the most of their education and prepare them for the future, WSP offers cadets:

  • Eight weeks full-time paid employment
  • Practical skill development
  • The opportunity to meet industry contacts and expand networks
  • Professional development opportunities including mentoring


Largest Contributor

Our 2018 intake makes WSP the largest contributor, with other global firms participating including Accenture, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft and Rio Tinto among many others participating in the program. Our involvement this year builds on the five cadetships offered in Melbourne in 2017.


Andy Cross, Head of Talent Acquisition & Mobility, says, “This program is a fantastic initiative that we are very proud to support. The students will be offered cadetships within a team that directly aligns to their education and career aspirations. It is a great way to give back to the STEM industry and inspire our next generation.”


Class of 2017

Earlier this year, we spoke to a few of the candidates from the 2017 Cadetship to Career program.


Wasim Hekmat (whose story can be found here) has continued working within our Power team based in Melbourne. He says, “The Smith Family was a massive help to me growing up. By providing me with financial assistance throughout my secondary and tertiary education, the organisation gave me the ability to learn free of financial stress and paved the way for me to chase my dreams.


“Working at WSP through the Cadetship to Career program gave me a great leg up. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with the firm and have learnt plenty along the way. Whilst not directly part of my original contract, I’m excited to be continuing my career here and thoroughly believe the firm is a true reflection of its guiding principles.”


Wasim was one of five cadets who continued their roles with the firm after their eight-week program. Mr Cross adds, “It is fantastic to see these students come into the firm, eager to learn and make an impact. To have all of last year’s cadets still wanting to continue their careers with us is really exciting.”


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