There’s no doubt much of Ahrens’ triumphs come from dedicated people who put in the hard yards to achieve satisfying outcomes – qualities which Luke Impedovo radiated from the start.
Recently moving into the D&C Industrial team, after completing the company’s 12-month Graduate Program, Luke’s peers firmly believe he is on a path to success.
His ambitious drive was evident in his application to Ahrens, which highlighted his lengthy restaurant management skills and two university degrees.
“While I was studying a Bachelor of Construction Management I also worked in my family’s Fasta Pasta business,” Luke explained.
He then went on to manage the family’s Reynella, SA, restaurant for five years and returning to the University of Adelaide to complete his Master of Business degree – a juggling act he relished.
“While I enjoyed being in hospitality I thought it was time to get out pursue a career in construction and my family were encouraging of my choice,” he said.
His search for the right company to fulfil his vision led him to Ahrens in January 2023.
“I came across Ahrens Graduate Program online and was instantly interested as the summary outlined every element of a construction company I was seeking – steel, site management, site crews, estimating, business development and even a bit of marketing.”
Having reviewed other graduate programs advertised, Luke said none matched Ahrens’ diversity nor the great opportunities and rewards available.
“I was also told in my interview that I would have the opportunity to have exposure into the company’s many divisions located all across Australia, including water storage and rural infrastructure because Ahrens is not just one discipline.”
Luke says what he enjoyed across the 12 months was the exposure to all areas of business, which heightened his love of construction, and the Ahrens’ culture.
“I was fortunate to see every aspect of the business and essentially at the end decided this is what I wanted to pursue and where I wanted to be.”
Importantly, the Graduate Program has been created for the company to essentially ‘harvest its own’ quality employees to ensure the ongoing success of Ahrens from a growth perspective.
A crucial component of the program is Ahrens’ mentors, a leader in the company who commits to the Graduate for the duration of the program, with direct managers of each Ahrens division becoming their coach.
A year with Ahrens has meant Luke has come to value and appreciate the honest and genuine people he crosses paths with.
“What I also like is meeting new clients and making their unique visions come to life,” he said.
Luke backs his response, explaining how helps to turn clients’ brownfield sites into a completed projects with the team collectively supporting the design work, concept and budget. His support includes helping execute the Johnson Asahi Stage 4, state-of-the-art facility project in Horsham, VIC.
The Graduate Program has also been established to assist successional planning and building individual’s professional skills.
Luke’s recent move into the D&C Industrial Team means he is guided by Ahrens’ longstanding leaders, including National Industrial & Commercial Manager Adam Madrussani, who Luke says he’s keen to follow closely in his footsteps.