What we care most about at Symal is building long-lasting relationships, not only with our clients but with our people.
As a company built on family values, we want to create an inclusive work environment that respects diverse views and opinions and reflects the wider community in which we work.
Our Launch program is designed to create an impact on our people and contribute to their overall wellbeing by providing meaningful career pathways. For people looking for work who may not necessarily have previous construction experience, Launch builds capability, identifies transferrable skills and attracts those wanting to make a career change into construction.
One such person was Ali Alfarhat. Partnering with Northern Futures Geelong, Symal placed Ali as a Peggy in our project team at Chisholm Road Prison, Lara in May this year.
Collaborating with an organisation like Northern Futures, we’re able to share employment opportunities and tap into the strengths of people in the Geelong region.
Before joining Symal, Ali was a student studying engineering and metal trades.
“Because of COVID-19 my course was stopped, so my provider sent me an advertisement from Symal for a Peggy,” he says.
He applied, got the job, and hasn’t looked back.
Ali describes his days as a mixed bag, but that’s what he likes about his job.
“I go between taking care of our staff facilities to working on site as a general labourer.” he says.
But it’s the people at Symal who Ali finds really make a difference.
“It’s a huge family: all the guys support me, supervisors, my boss, they always support me, so I feel part of the family,” he says.
“I feel important to this project, so I always try to keep up and do my best to repay the company’s faith in me.”
Ali grew up in Iraq before moving to Syria to escape the war. But when war broke out in Syria 8 years later, he and his family moved to Australia.
“The United Nations provided support for me and my family as refugees to help us get to Australia in 2018. It was the long way, the difficult way, but now it’s all good.”
Ali says, “Symal is not just a company. It’s more than a company, and you can’t find this feeling very often in many places. It’s so good and so important to feel part of a family, which is really difficult to find.”
To make a meaningful difference in someone’s work life and in turn, their family life, is what it’s all about for us. We couldn’t feel prouder and so happy we found someone like Ali to join our team.