Construction Training Fund are bringing together all the key organisations you need to talk to if you are thinking about, or have, a career in construction. Head along to the CTF Construction Hub to find out more about how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship, try out machinery used in civil construction, jump in the Construction Futures Centre photo booth and hear from groups that assist people in a range of ways from finding work, to providing workspaces, training and mental health support.
THE PERSISTENCE PATHWAY PAYS OFF
What it’s like to have a career in construction.
Jonty and Cheyenne, both 18, are making significant inroads into their careers in construction after graduating from the Motivation Civil & Mining Academy.
Jonty is a trainee at civil mining and underground contractor Cape and has tickets to drive and operate a roller, a water cart, a loader and an excavator, while Cheyenne is a trainee at Boral, working as a scheduler, booking in trucks, and ordering aggregate and bitumen for road projects.
Both women are already smashing their career goals and earning good money, but like most, their journeys so far have not been without challenges and obstacles to overcome.
Jonty, who was born with Cerebral palsy and has limited use of her right arm, says with braces and small modifications, she’s been able to safely use equipment and she feels empowered by her ability to solve problems.
“I can do everything you can do, I just have to add a few more steps,” Jonty says, adding that she feels supported in her new role to speak up and ask for the modifications she needs to do her job safely. If I see a problem, I don’t see it as a failure, I work around it to find a solution. I never thought when I finished school I’d be doing this.”
For now, she says, she would encourage high school students who are struggling at school to consider a career in civil construction. “Know your limits, find ways to work around an issue and challenge yourself,” she says. “For kids not doing well at mainstream studies, I would recommend this as a pathway to a great career and a successful future.”
When Cheyenne, who loves sport and travel, started high school she did not have a career in mind, but had such a positive experience with the Motivation Foundation trainers, she decided on civil construction.
“The trainers always made me feel like I could do things,” she says. “That motivated me to try harder at school. There was always a push to get better, lots of encouragement.”
Cheyenne says civil construction can feel a bit overwhelming, but she loves her job and earning money. She would have no hesitation in recommending civil construction to others, including girls, and says persistence is crucial.
“I’d say, make sure when you get on a pathway, stick with it, don’t give up,” Cheyenne says. “A lot of people give up. My parents have encouraged me to keep striving, to keep trying even if I get knocked back. Things won’t always work out but try again.”
Construction Training Fund funds training places at Motivation Foundation, which offers secondary students from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to transition from school to work. The program ensures participants get the training and skills they need, including becoming job ready, while the program coaches, mentors and connects young people with future employers. Head to the CTF Construction Careers Hub (Site 100) to find out more.