The Roads Australia Young Professionals Program taps into the previously unfulfilled demand for 'industry-wide' networking opportunities for the next generation of leaders.
- to provide opportunities for our young professionals to improve their networking skills;
- to broaden their knowledge and understanding of career opportunities and options in the industry;
- to add value to RA membership by increasing the depth of our engagement within our members' organisations (as opposed to only engaging with senior management);
- to provide encouragement for diversity in the industry and to keep women engaged, connected and supported; and
- to further entrench the 'giving back' philosophy among members.
How does it differ from the RA Fellowship Program?
The program has evolved along similar lines to our Fellowship Program, but with some key differences:
- It targets a different professional group.*
- The emphasis is on networking rather than mentoring.
- Participation isn't merit-based. Rather, it's open to all who fit the age/experience criteria, and who work for an RA member organisation.
Our events across Australia bring together hundreds of young professionals to share ideas, experiences and solutions, and to hear from current leaders about the challenges of 'stepping up' to the next level. In 2017, we hosted over 850 young professionals at six events around the country.
* Specifically those with 10-or-less years' industry experience, or under the age of 35
To join the YP network, email Hannah Sauvarin.
Young Professionals 'PPP' Award - Promise, Passion and Pursuit
To support the development of young leaders in our industry, RA offers as part of the Program the opportunity for one Young Professional to engage in a four-day management experience, 'shadowing' Roads Australia CEO Ian Webb and our operational directors as they attend high-level meetings and participate in various RA events and activities.
The recipient has the opportunity to not only gain a sense of what it’s like to walk in the shoes of our CEO, but he/she is exposed to other influential industry leaders from the public and private sectors. This is an outstanding opportunity for a promising Young Professional to observe and understand how CEOs interact and make decisions.
The prize is awarded annually, with the winner announced at our end-of-year Gala Dinner. In 2017, our inaugural winner was Elouise Robinson, a Graduate Highway Engineer with with RA member, Arcadis.
Pictured: Elouise Robinson (right) receives her award from Transport NSW Deputy Secretary, Steve Troughton, and RA Fellows Council member, Nina Kilpinen.
How to nominate
Nominations for the 2018 Award will be called in September 2018.
We're looking for a Young Professional who shows Promise, Passion and Pursuit in expanding his or her knowledge and leadership capability. Nominees are required to submit a two page application outlining:
- Name, title, organisation
- Phone number and email address
- Why you deserve to be selected for this opportunity (please outline any key achievements)
- What you’d like to take out of it (what questions you want answered, what learnings you hope to gain, and how you think you can use it to progress your career)
The RA Young Professionals Program is proudly supported by