As some of you maybe aware, last year the AIB and Lahey Constructions successfully ran a pilot Mentoring Program with AIB student members and Lahey staff. One of the mentoring teams was Aman Rai, a Construction Management student from the University of Canberra who was paired with Guy Tristram (Lahey).

At the beginning of the trial program, they created objectives both professional and personal and maintained a strong relationship that enhanced Aman’s skills in communication, teamwork, leadership and self-improvement. Both Aman and Guy found the the program enriching and Aman describes the program as “life changing”.

This year the Mentoring Program will run nationally with applications for Mentor’s now open. Each Mentor will be paired with a student Mentee. If you think you have the experience and would like to give back to the industry and student members of the AIB, then download the application form and send it through to

Our National Awards team in Canberra has received a number of enquiries regarding the submission close date for our 2020 Professional Excellence Awards which was Monday just gone, the 23rd March. We are aware that some businesses have been impacted by the development of COVID-19 affecting their operations and resources with some submissions commenced but not yet completed. With this and to assist our 2020 awards entrants, we are extending the submission closing date until the 9th of April. We look forward to a successful 2020 PEA Season.

Clearly COVID – 19 has meant that we have had to move this year’s Awards events out of the next six months. We will shortly announce new dates and potential venues as soon as possible.

As more and more people are being forced to work from home to stem the further spread of the virus, we thought it may be helpful to provide you with a ‘Working from Home Safety and Wellbeing Checklist

This checklist is simply a guide and a way of ensuring that things are in place before you start work from your place of residence. I hope this helps.

Have a great weekend ahead everyone..

Greg Hughes