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 David Moussa. After completing a pre-apprenticeship at Victoria University Polytechnic, Symal placed David as an Apprentice Carpenter in our project team at Chisholm Road Prison, Lara in July this year.
Before joining Symal, David spent 10 years working in the hospitality industry.
“I worked in clubs, hotels, cafes, restaurants, so a whole range of roles,” he says.
“I enjoyed it. I got a business and commerce degree in hospitality management, and at the time that was something I wanted to do.”
But after working with his stepdad on a property renovation in Bacchus Marsh, he realised he wanted a change.
“I like to be more hands on, and I wanted to learn how to create things and to be proud of the job that I do.”
After starting a pre-apprenticeship at VU Polytechnic, his teacher mentioned that Symal were looking for apprentices.
“I applied online and 6 weeks later I had an interview with the Project manager and the HR team,” he says.
Having been in the role for just a few months, David says there is plenty to learn, but his team is there to help.
“They’re active so it’s go go go, and they’re so positive and friendly,” he says.
“Because I’m still learning these skills, people are willing to teach me and willing to give me time which is really good.”
What does the future look like for David Moussa?
“At the moment I’m just focusing on becoming a fully qualified carpenter and from there, hopefully a Leading Hand, Foreman, Project Manager.”
“After that, who knows…”