Coffey last week congratulated Nathan McDonald as our Keystone Trust scholarship recipient for 2015.

Coffey General Manager Project Management, North Island Julian Butson said the scholarship formed part of our association with the Keystone Trust and would see Nathan complete practical training as part of his study.

As part of the scholarship, Nathan will attend Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland next year, studying Construction Economics as part of his Bachelor of Construction Management. He’ll also receive mentoring support from Coffey people.

“We understand the importance of building expertise through mentoring and practical experience,” Julian said.

“We like to give back and really focus on providing structure and responsive mentoring – building stronger relationships and providing the opportunity to learn through practical experience.”

The Keystone Trust Scholarship is different from others available in the industry, offering these opportunities to a diverse range of students regardless of their background or age – their key criteria is ‘personal drive’.

Starting in early July, students pass through a rigorous selection process. Detailed applications are completed and students are interviewed.

Nathan said he was excited to be supported by Coffey through the scholarship.

“This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my studies knowing I have the backing and advice from the team at Coffey to assist me as I work toward a career within the construction industry” he said at the event.

Coffey has been a key sponsor of Keystone Trust for nine years and Coffey Project Manager Corrina Gibbons-Hurinui sits on the board for the Keystone Trust Foundation.