A hands on approach to learning: Ahrens’ school pathways program

The federal government forecasts a 4.6 per cent national jobs growth in fabrication and engineering trades and Ahrens are accommodating for the future with its school pathways program.

Ahrens take a hands-on approach when it comes to business and Managing Director Stefan Ahrens believes the same value should be applied to learning.

“We firmly believe in fostering learning and growth in the young people of today who will become the leaders of tomorrow, equipping them with the broad set of skills and dedicated knowledge base they need to thrive,” Mr Ahrens said.

“We recently partnered with outback South Australian school, Marree Aboriginal School, to form a career pathway program for high school graduates to enter the workforce.”

The school pathways program connects students with a range of career opportunities by providing a variety of settings to complete hands-on work experience.

As a national full-service construction, engineering, and mining services company, Ahrens delivers a complete range of project services from design, engineering, steel fabrication, and procurement through to construction and project delivery.

“Our diverse portfolio means we can offer varied job opportunities and career pathways in locations across Australia,” Mr Ahrens said.

“We take great pride in providing a safe, friendly working environment where people have equal opportunities to excel and build strong career pathways.”

Recent Marree Aboriginal School graduate, Savannah Willis, completed work experience with Ahrens in their steel fabrication facility based at Kingsford in South Australia.

She enjoyed the experience so much, she jumped at the opportunity to complete a boilermaker apprenticeship with Ahrens after graduating Year 12.

Ahrens’ Apprenticeship Program provides people with limited or no experience, a structured pathway to a career in engineering, steel fabrication or the construction industry.

“Our program is a combination of accredited learning and on-the-job training to become a qualified tradesperson,” Mr Ahrens said.

“All apprentices are provided with skilled mentors and a professional team to provide support and guidance.”

With the federal government forecasting a 4.6 per cent national jobs growth in fabrication and engineering trades, a particular focus has been made to attract a number of boilermaker/welder apprentices.

Approximately 90 per cent of Ahrens’ workforce are based outside of capital cities and Ahrens are committed to supporting regional and remote communities.

Although in its early days, the school pathways program with Marree Aboriginal School has already attracted three apprentices, including Ms Willis.

Mr Ahrens said Ahrens was a progressive company, employing more than 1000 people across 28 locations around Australia and therefore it was important to connect the right people to the right job.

“Our continued growth requires further skills and talents to add to our employee base, with plans to expand our manufacturing facilities, increase our operations in key industry sectors and regions, and in turn, employ further general support and operations staff,” he said.

To find out more about current employment opportunities with Ahrens, visit www.ahrens.com.au/careers/positions-vacant