Trailblazer Heidi is advancing her career in the construction industry!

Heidi works in construction as a Heavy Rigid (HR) Driver and Labourer. Working in a male dominated industry Heidi needs to ensure that she is viewed by her peers, based on her merit.

Through word of mouth, the Skills Checkpoint Program was recommended to her as an opportunity to upskill in her current role and also as an opportunity to explore additional skillsets that would enable Heidi to leverage future opportunities as they arise.

The Australian Government funded program supports persons aged 40 or over who are either still working or recently unemployed (under 12 months). The program provides one-on-one career mentoring support, including a skills and career assessment, and access to 50%-75% towards training with funding co-contribution (up to an amount of $2,200), if the participant requires any re-skilling for their career progression.

Heidi said of the program, “The administration process was fast, efficient and the career diagnostics activities (although initially I was a bit apprehensive) surprisingly reinforced things I already knew about myself. It also presented new understandings on what skills I already have and it was a real confidence boost!

“My Career Advisor was really good at understanding my career diagnostics and took time to listen to my career history. By the end of our initial consult, I felt that she really ‘got me’ and it wasn’t a quick ‘tick n’ flick’ like other programs that I had experienced in the past. Together we worked on a robust plan, aiming to help me stay in employment for longer by developing an achievable action plan.”

Heidi will soon be undertaking a short course in Skid Steer and Excavator Operator that will enable her to advance her career in the construction industry. Through the Australian Government funded program, the course costs will be co-contributed between 50%-75% (up to a maximum of $2,200).

Heidi also informed her employer, Claymore Contractors, about the program and they were impressed to hear that this program can assist in sending out broadcasts to alumni of the program who have the right skills. Along with providing opportunities to increase skill-sets for their employees, this further supports their human resourcing.

A trailblazer for other women in male-dominated career paths, Heidi is excited about progressing her career, thanks to the Skills Checkpoint program.

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Michelle Ryan, BUSY At Work

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