Five Year 11 St John Fisher students have received hands on industry experience as part of a work experience programme on Gateway Upgrade North Project.
Member for Sandgate, Stirling Hinchliffe, recently met with the students on site to see first-hand how the Lendlease programme was opening new opportunities across a wide variety of roles on the project.
“The Gateway Upgrade North Team are not only delivering the vital transport infrastructure for our community, but are expanding the opportunities of local students through real, hands on industry experience.
“These students now have experience in the areas of construction, engineering, environment, traffic, commercial and community relations,” said Mr Hinchliffe.
Student, Lauren Zeglio, who gained experience in the Environmental Team, said that the programme has helped her gain an insight into the environmental considerations of projects like the Gateway North Upgrade.
“I learnt a lot about the environmental side of Lendlease and how it can affect the overall performance of the project.
“It was interesting going to all the sites around the project, taking photos or doing water testing, for example.
“ It has been an amazing experience working with Lendlease,” said Miss Zeglio.
St John Fisher’s Vocational Education and Training Curriculum Leader, Ms Laura Chapman, said it was terrific to see the Gateway Upgrade North team embrace women in roles that would otherwise be dominated by males.
“As a College, we want to encourage our students to decide on a career that they are passionate about and not be deterred by traditional gender roles.
“This experience would show our girls that success in any field is achievable by women.
“We believe that encouraging our students to engage in such a program will help them gain not only valuable insight into the working world, but also help them become empowered women”, said Ms Chapman.
For more information on the Gateway Upgrade North project visit www.gatewayupgradenorth.com.au