One year in, veteran partnership a success
25 Apr 2018
Straddle carrier operations may have just finished on the Caulfield to Dandenong project, but for some veterans, working on Australian first machinery has given them experience they’ll take well beyond the project.
James is one such veteran. After serving in the Royal Australian Air Force, including a nine-month deployment to Iraq, James returned home to Melbourne and struggled to adapt to civilian life.
He was placed on the Caulfield to Dandenong project through the partnership with Veterans in Construction, which helped him make the transition.
“I couldn’t have asked for a more exciting role on the project,” James said. “I feel confident that with the skills and experience I’ve learnt from this project, I can continue working for a long time in the construction industry.”
Established in 2015, Veterans in Construction’s mission is to create opportunities for veterans who want a career in the construction industry through the provision of advice, mentoring support, camaraderie and connections.
“There are a lot of core skills that are transferrable between the military and construction but sometimes you need a push in the right direction to help you transition”, James said.
The Level Crossing Removal Project is the first major civil infrastructure project to partner with Veterans in Construction, and after a year of collaboration, the Caulfield to Dandenong project has seen a dozen veterans contributing to the works.
The veterans focus and commitment have been recognised by their supervisors, and as the workers leave their legacy on the project, they have developed their skills, and worked towards securing their future in the Australian workforce.
If you, or someone you know would like to get involved with Veterans in Construction, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.