How to Become a Mentor and Leave Your Legacy in The Rail and Construction Industries

For many rail and construction industry professionals, their work is more than just a job, it’s a passion that has been part of their lives for decades. For these professionals, there will come a time to make important decisions about their future within the industry. Whether facing injury, retirement or simply seeking a career change that still keeps them close to the work they love, these professionals should be given the chance to continue working at their own capacity and leave their legacy.

That’s exactly what we offer here at Alium Works through mentorship and training programs. If you are one of the industry professionals we’ve mentioned above, keep reading to learn more!

What Value Does Expert Mentorship Hold for The Rail and Construction Industries?

Mentorship and training hold immense value, not only for new entrants to the industry, but for experts as well. For instance, people entering the industry can benefit from insights, tips and wisdom shared by experienced mentors, helping them to become more confident in their skills and preparing them for their career ahead.

For industry experts, sharing knowledge is the best way to ensure a strong and valuable legacy is left behind after retirement. They can rest assured that their years of hard work are not going to waste.

What Kind of Knowledge is Worth Passing on to People Entering the Industry?

Insights surrounding safety, where and how to find industry-related resources and general tips for entering the industry and ‘climbing the ladder’ to build a successful career are just a few of the highly valuable pieces of knowledge that are worth sharing.

As an industry expert, what kind of knowledge could you offer to share that would help the industry as a whole?

How Can I Share My Knowledge as a Rail or Construction Industry Expert?

You can join the Legacy LinkedIn Group which works as a central hub and supportive community for mentors and trainers. There you will find a space where best practices and opportunities for work can be shared and discussed, along with plenty of networking prospects.

If you’re interested in becoming an Alium Works mentor, simply chat with the team at Alium Works to put your name forward. Our students’ studies will eventually help them enter the industry, so we love to be able to offer the wisdom and guidance of experienced experts who are happy to help them excel.

David Baker

David Baker is a Civil Engineer with 35 years experience in the Construction industry in Australia, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.

He has worked across a wide range of market segments including Civil, Building, Materials Handling, Oil and Rail in a diverse range of roles from Project Development, Business Development, Tendering, Planning, Design, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning, Operation, Maintenance, Demolition and Corporate Management Roles. He has a Bachelor Engineering (Civil) and a Masters Degree in Engineering Management.

David is currently employed as an Engineering Leader with Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction. Recent projects include Central Station Main Works – Design Integration of 15 disciplines and interface with 150 stakeholders, Technical Director / AEO Representative of the Novo Rail Alliance, and Engineering Manager of the Wynyard Station Upgrade Project. David was first involved in Safety in Design over 20 years ago as the Design Manager on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Project C434. More recently, Safety in Design has been a key driver in the integration of design working in the rail sector on Transport for NSW and Sydney Metro projects in an Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) environment for projects with a combined value of $1.3BN

Enterprise Bargaining Agreements

No Stranger to Alium works our very own Erin Muscat is well on her way to Success!

Erin joined the Safety Rail industry in 2019 as a part of the Alium Works Cadetship Program, now supporting her host employer John Holland. As a full-time safety cadet working very closely with the Novo Rail Alliance team based in Eveleigh Sydney. 

While no one day is the same, Erin’s primary is to support the Novo Rail Alliance team with ensuring safe and timely delivery of their projects. Working in a team of 6 Erin is thriving in her new environment.

Most recently and as part of her role, Erin has familiarised herself with Novo Rail’s and other stakeholders Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA’s). Enabling her to interpret, manage and resolve any relevant enquiries regarding safety information from the EBA’s.

Moving forward Erin hopes to, successfully complete her first year as a Safety Cadet and move on to an advisory role. She also wants to undertake more studies in the future to assist with her career development.


Join us for the Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA) masterclass on 18 February where Erin will be sharing her gained knowledge.

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