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Veterans in Construction

25 Apr 2018

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Veterans in Construction

James - Machine operator

G'day.  My name’s James Thorp.

[Vision:  Vision of James in uniform]

I served in the Royal Australian Airforce.

[Vision:  James speaking]

I, myself, struggled to transition back into civilian lifestyle when I returned.

[Vision:  Night works removing level crossing - straddle carrier - time lapse of construction]

And that’s where Veterans in Construction has really assisted me to enter into the construction industry.

Dan - Founder - Veterans in Construction

It took a little while to gain traction.

[Vision:  Night works removing level crossing - straddle carrier]

I approached a number of construction firms at the start, and they were a little bit reluctant to give veterans an opportunity, until I came across LXRA.

[Vision:  Aerial view of construction site - staff working and removing level crossing]

We found a real champion in the General Superintendent there who wanted to give veterans a swing.

Agnes - Project Engineer - Civils

[Vision:  Time lapse of construct of viaduct - staff night works removing level crossing]

These incredible men and women have worked in physically demanding, high pressure environments, and they’ve learnt so many skills that could easily be transferred into the construction environment.

[Vision:  Time lapse of straddle carrier in action]

My role on the project is working along beside the big blue straddle carrier and the blue support beam.

[Vision:  James speaking]

So every day is different and lots of challenges.

[Vision:  Night works of level crossing being removed - James speaking]

I feel confident with the skills and experience that I’ve learnt from this project, that I can continue working for a long time within the construction industry.

[Level Crossing Removal Authority - Victoria State Government]

[Speaker:  Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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