Here at Northrop, giving back to those less fortunate is very important to us. Our Sydney team have been working on several key initiatives that make a real difference to other people’s lives.
City East Mentoring Program
The City East Mentoring Program supports the integration of professionally skilled migrants and refugees into employment. The program addresses the ‘brain waste’ as far too many highly capable people take on casual work in order to pay the bills but find it difficult to secure full time employment that more accurately reflects their qualifications and skills. This is especially true in technical fields like engineering, and where Northrop can help.
The program matches professionally skilled migrants and refugees with Northrop’s volunteer mentors, who use their knowledge and experience of the Australian workplace to assist mentees in their job-seeking. The aim is to empower individuals to reach their employment potential and maximise their contribution to society.
Northrop’s mentors are provided the opportunity to make a positive social impact and promote cultural diversity in the workplace. We are thrilled that our Sydney and Parramatta offices currently have over 25 mentors and their first round of mock interviews held in November were a great success.
The Yolngu people of East Arnhem Land are struggling to stay on their traditional lands that they have occupied for millennia. They are looking to provide a sustainable future built on a business that they own and control.
Water is abundant in the local springs and is a symbol of knowledge as well as a powerful link to their past. The Yolngu people have created the Arnhem Beverage Company to bottle the pure water and sell it across Australia – this is Knowledge Water.
The Northrop team are providing multi-disciplinary engineering design of the bottling plant at Rurrangala. To date the design is 50% complete and is out for tender.
A local (Yirrkala) builder is expressing keen interest in the project, offering a unique approach where he sources local materials, skills and services which all combine to make the project cheaper to build.
In addition to crowdfunding and a Federal Government grant, the project team is still seeking funds. They also need to secure a customer with a national reach.
Northrop will continue to support this project by providing value-engineering to the successful tenderer and by updating the design packages.
Property Industry Foundation (PIF)
Northrop has always been a strong supporter of PIF. It operates to rebuild young lives by providing homes, carers and counsellors for at-risk homeless young people.
This year, our Sydney Region sponsored the annual Tour de PIF cycle event to the tune of $7,500, and our team separately raised $5,264 as donations.
In 2017, the PIF House Blacktown and PIF House Dundas opened, with two more Sydney homes in the pipeline. Northrop, working with our client Mirvac, provided pro bono work for the PIF House Toongabbie which will open mid-December.
Great to see the Northrop team giving back to such worthwhile causes!