April 2008 – Competitive Constructions

Outstanding Business of the Month: Competitive Constructions

Macarthur Workplace Learning Program recently launched its monthly Local Heroes Award and is proud to announce that the first recipient of this most prestigious award for April 2008 is Competitive Constructions.


Competitive Constructions has received a double pass for the luxurious Gold Class from Greater Union Macarthur as part of this award. MWLP would like to take this opportunity to thank Greater Union Macarthur for their generous support.

For the past six years Competitive Constructions has been providing work placement opportunities for Year ll and Year 12 students from Macarthur high schools who have chosen to study Construction as part of their Higher School Certificate.

As work placement is a mandatory component of HSC Vocational Education and Training courses, the opportunities provided by Competitive Constructions have really contributed to the skill development and work readiness of Macarthur youth.

The feedback from students who have participated in this vital ‘hands on’ work placement with Competitive Constructions has been outstanding. One student even went as far as giving gifts to the company to thank them for the opportunity!

Competitive Constructions is involved in new work and extensions of commercial and industrial buildings,  pre cast concrete, metal, brick and block, facilities management and building maintenance.

Competitive Constructions is a construction business that has been operating in the area since 1981.  Matt Callender is the Site Services Manager. Matt’s dad Jack founded the company with his former wife Kim. Now Jack with business partner Peter Hodge, Matt and Matt’s sister Allison run the business.

They also have a dedicated team of long term contractors. Competitive Constructions has won numerous design and construction awards throughout that time. They have diversified including property development and marine and continue in a new growth phase based out of its Campbelltown base.

We asked Matt why he takes HSC students for week-long work placements. Matt’s response was “We see this as an opportunity to give a little bit back to the community and it’s a great way to support our local youth. Even though we don’t take on apprentices, we can recommend it as a great way of assessing a young person’s potential. We’ve had some terrific kids work here” he said.

Matt loves living in Macarthur as it’s not too far from anywhere. He and girlfriend Elise, when not at the movies or spending time with friends, are planning their dream home where? Macarthur of course!

To find out how your business can become involved in hosting HSC students for week-long work placements, please phone Sarah Craig at MWLP on 4625 1863 or email sarah.craig@mwlp.com.au. In particular, assistance is required from businesses in the areas of Business Services, Information Technology and Construction.

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