Paynters Mentoring the Next Gen

February 10, 2022

In late 2021, Paynters Brisbane Office played host to our team of Apprentices as they took part in a new training & development initiative – the Apprentice Mentoring Program.

The Program was a personal and professional development opportunity for our emerging site team members who are commencing their career in construction.

The 3-day program discussed a number of relevant topics from diversity, equality and leadership to personal finances and goal setting. It allowed the team to undertake various educational workshops and activities – learning from Paynters own Directors, Senior Managers and Specialist Team members. The team listened to a number of External Mentors including Former NRL player & Career Transitions Facilitator at NRL Cowboys House Antonio Winterstein, and Former Socceroos players Jade North and Adam Sarota, owners of Bridgeman/Amaroo, who each shared advice on achieving longevity in the industry.

This fantastic initiative, championed by our very own Daniel Dunne, was a roaring success, building upon the wonderful work our HSEQ team do in supporting the training and upskilling of our Paynters workforce.

Since wrapping up the program, we have heard firsthand from both our apprentices and mentors on their experience.

One of Paynters Apprentices shares his thoughts. “It has opened my eyes to general day to day living. Listening to Paynters Contracts Administrator Zainub share her life experiences as a Muslim woman and how this shaped the person she is today – was relatable to my own experience (being Aboriginal living in mainstream life)” he said.

Collectively, our Apprentices voiced the program has encouraged them to prioritise saving money after a valuable finance discussion with Chris Micale (CFO).

Antonio Winterstein, long time ally of Paynters through our affiliation with the NRL Cowboys House, spoke highly of the Program.

“To ensure young apprentices are given every opportunity to be successful and enjoy the experience throughout their apprenticeship, or any career pathway for that matter, it’s important that organisations provide holistic support. This approach has been implemented through the Paynters Apprentice Mentor Program, where I witnessed firsthand the positive impacts the program had on the apprentices as they received knowledge and understanding in relation to contributing towards a safe, inclusive and respectful working environment. Rather than educating the young apprentices on the physical components of their roles, the program enhances the psychological component which promotes positive well-being behaviours. Apprentices received testimonies from key members within their organisation, to external representatives in relation to personal values and overcoming life’s setbacks. The invisible tools to add to their tool bag.”

A big thank you to all our team members and external mentors who made this program a success – we look forward to fostering our apprentices throughout 2022 and repeating this initiative in the future.