Because the public sector spans over multiple industries, Public Sector People have cultivated a team of consultants who each specialise on recruiting for a particular space within the public sector and therefore have an extensive knowledge on the market they recruit for and what organisations are looking for when hiring new talent. Our consultants can then utilise this knowledge to ensure their candidates have the best and most up-to-date information when applying for roles as well as guiding them towards roles that will best match their needs.
One of these specialised consultants is Ashley Wilkes, who focuses on job opportunities revolving around construction & engineering within the public sector; specifically, roles in project management, capital works and within major construction/infrastructure projects. Read on to find out more about Ashley's recruitment processes, how he builds and gains the trust of both his client and candidate base and the roles he currently has available.
Can you explain your role at PSP?
As well as being the Team Leader of the Technical recruitment team at Public Sector People, I am also specialise in the recruitment of Project Delivery professionals for local government in Victoria.
What are the types of positions you recruit for?
Coordinator, Team Leader, Senior Project Manager, Senior Project Engineers, Project Managers, Project Engineers and Project Officers.
Within engineering and construction, what are the key skills and capabilities you look for on a resume?
In addition to qualifications and technical knowledge, I also look for soft skills such as being able to build rapport, communicate effectively and emotional intelligence to be able to relate to various situations.
You’ve built some lasting relationships with both clients and candidates over the years. Can you explain the key to maintaining and strengthening these connections?
I believe the key to my relationships with both clients and candidates is by being a true specialist in my area. Project Management is my sole focus. I pride myself on this and can add value to both clients and candidates with my industry knowledge and provide support and advice accordingly.
What commitment will you make to the active job seekers you choose to work with?
I will continue to offer and support and feedback to assist with their search for employment. Whether that be strategic approach in how to approach councils or roles to apply for or how to effectively structure a cover letter and resume.
Why is the aftercare stage so important in the recruitment process?
Aftercare is key. I like to keep in touch throughout the process and that doesn’t stop once I successfully place someone. My work isn’t done. I like to support my candidates throughout the onboarding process and ongoing to ensure the placement is what they thought it would be and it fits from a cultural point of view. I also build good relationships with my candidates and enjoy a good chat about plans for the weekend too!
How do you conduct the aftercare process in the roles you recruit for?
I keep in touch primarily on the phone every other week with both clients and candidates. It is important that both know my job isn't done when that initial contract is signed and I am still here to offer support. Prior to the current restrictions, I also like to get out to site to visit both client and candidates in the working environment. You build up these strong relationships so it's always good to catch up over a coffee!
Location: Regional VIC
Contract Type: Temporary
Job Summary: A local council in South West Regional Victoria are looking for an experienced Project Manager for an initial 3-6 month contract. As part of the projects office, you will be scoping and planning future capital works projects such as civil infrastructure and open space projects.
Contract Type: Temporary
Job Summary: A local council in Melbourne’s inner suburbs who are looking for an experienced Project Manager for an initial 3-6 month contract. As part of the projects office, you will be delivering the implementation of a new project management framework and software implementation.
Contract Type: Temporary
Job Summary: A local council in Melbourne’s inner suburbs who are looking for an experienced Project Manager for an initial 5-month contract with a potential of a contract extensions. As part of the projects office, you will be project managing the full life cycle of various capital works & building projects such as work space relocations, generator installation & minor maintenance works.
To find out more about any of the roles listed above, or to reach out to Ashley for a confidential chat about the job market within the public sector and his upcoming opportunities within the engineering and construction space, you can contact him at
Phone: 0421 116 107
Linkedin: Click here for link