Local partnership provides meaningful employment


Laing O’Rourke’s strategic partner SiteHive provides real-time environmental monitoring and management products that are used by our teams on projects around the country. With high demand for the device, SiteHive has partnered with CNS Precision Assembly - a social enterprise that was set up to provide meaningful employment for people with disabilities - to ramp up production of the electronics component inside the device. CNS is the only NDIS (National Disability Insurance Agency) accredited electronics manufacturer in Australia.

CNS has proven that focusing on a person’s abilities opens up a variety of benefits for any business, and that people with disabilities can excel anywhere. They have built unique organisational structures and techniques to nurture the talents of their people, while providing highly productive outcomes for all their stakeholders. The CNS teams perform critical precision assembly tasks in a manner that the majority of commercial organisations simply cannot match. Click here for more on this.

Richard McBurney from CNS says, “With contracts from organisations like SiteHive our teams are able to reach their full potential. Our employees enjoy what they do and are contributing to society - they feel they are doing something very positive and worthwhile. They are delivering an exceptionally good product.”

Working with CNS has allowed SiteHive to ramp up production significantly, providing a platform to manufacture at scale. It’s also allowing the team to deliver the next generation of SiteHive Hexanode electronics, which will vastly reduce device power consumption and introduce advanced analytics.

Ben Cooper-Woolley, SiteHive co-founder, explains, “SiteHive is continuing to develop cutting-edge technologies to help people manage environmental impacts on site - we aim to make it easier and easier for people. Working with CNS is providing us with a great product and allowing us to get innovations to clients faster.”

“It also means we are working with an organisation that’s creating sustainable, caring and meaningful employment for people with disabilities - and we are proud to be playing a part in that.”

Gina North, EnExG Operations Leader says “It’s amazing to see our technology partners prioritising fair and equal opportunities. SiteHive’s choice for a diverse, local manufacturer aligns with Laing O’Rourke’s focus on diversity and inclusion and sets a good example for the industry. It is proof that adopting modern methods of construction and emerging technologies can create meaningful jobs for people from all backgrounds – including people with disabilities.”