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Bond and ADCO launch new Excellence Program for construction students

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Construction students at Bond University will have the chance to see the inner workings of one of the nation’s biggest building companies as part of a new partnership with ADCO. 

The ADCO Excellence Program will offer students the opportunity to be mentored by senior ADCO staff as part of their studies in roles including Construction Managers, Project Managers, Estimators, Design Managers, Project Engineers and Contract Administrators. 

ADCO staff will also give guest lectures to students in a range of subjects as part of the partnership. 

Launching the program this week, Construction Discipline Lead Dane Miller said the chance to get a real feel for the industry would give Bond students a leg up in the education journey and potentially their career. 

“You can’t buy that exposure and experience that this program will offer,” he said. 

“I can’t encourage students strongly enough to apply to be part of this program and to get as much as they possibly can from it. 

“We want to provide transformational experiences to our students and let them be able to feel and see and touch how things happen in the industry, not just by learning in class.  

“Opportunities like this make such a difference to our students’ experiences and I really want to thank ADCO for their willingness to enable this.” 

ADCO Queensland State Manager Michael Rinaudo said the company had a long association with the University and a strong commitment to education. 

“We’re very excited about this partnership and the potential value of connecting students with mentors,” he said. 

“Having a mentor, someone who can provide advice and guidance is not just valuable in your university years but after you graduate and throughout your career. 

“I’m still mentoring people now both inside and outside of the business and the opportunities that it can provide are endless.” 

Faculty of Society and Design Executive Dean Professor Derek Carson said the partnership was another example of Bond collaborating with industry to ensure students are well equipped for the workplace. 

Eligible undergraduate and postgraduate students will be able to apply to participate in the ADCO Excellence Mentoring Program in the latter semesters of their studies.  

All students will benefit from the experience of senior ADCO staff through occasional guest lecture contributions and every commencing construction student also receives a hardhat, hi-vis vest and safety goggles from ADCO. 


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