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Meet Holli, Apprentice Carpenter on The Children’s Hospital at Westmead redevelopment

Holli, an Apprentice Carpenter at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead redevelopment, is pursuing a construction career and is currently completing a Certificate III in Carpentry. We sat down with Holli to find out what she enjoys about working on site.

Holli finds the camaraderie and teamwork the best part of her job, creating a family-like atmosphere on site, while acknowledging that the job can be physically challenging at times.

Holli sees construction becoming more of an industry of choice, saying, “more women are feeling comfortable enough to give construction a go ... I see it becoming less male dominated over time, and more diverse in every way."

Holli is supportive of diversity on site, not only because it helps create a welcoming environment for women, but because it improves overall workplace culture.

Holli’s advice to anyone considering construction is: “Just do it. Don’t worry about what anyone else says.”

Health Infrastructure is supporting the NSW Government’s Hard Work Knows No Gender initiative, which seeks to raise awareness and promote the benefits of greater gender diversity in construction trade and non-traditional roles, such as a plumbing, electrics, carpentry, engineering and project management.

The Children’s Hospital at Westmead redevelopment is one of six Health Infrastructure projects participating in the NSW Government’s Women in Construction-focused Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program, which is focused on attracting, upskilling and retaining women in the construction industry.

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