Caitlin’s career kicks off in Crookwell

Caitlin Ford from Peelwood is establishing a career for herself in the traditionally male dominated construction industry and showing that she has what it takes to meet the 2016 International Women’s Day pledge to accelerate gender parity.

Caitlin joined host employer, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, in January this year after securing a traineeship through state-wide group training organisation, HVTC.

“I’d been working in hospitality but it really wasn’t what I wanted to do. I much prefer working outdoors so I was really excited when the traineeship opportunity with the Council came up,” said Caitlin.

Caitlin is now undertaking a Certificate III in Civil Construction and thoroughly enjoying her new role.

“I’m fortunate that everyone on the team gives me a fair go and I don’t feel that being a female is a disadvantage.”

“There are a couple of other women working with the Council in non-traditional jobs, one is a labourer and the other works in parks and gardens. There’s no reason why women can’t capably perform in these jobs and I think it’s a positive thing that the Council supports those of us who are interested in this type of work.”

“I’m receiving great training and the practical side of my work is always interesting. I’ve learnt how to safely use a wide variety of machines and equipment and my supervisors and work mates are very supportive.”

“Caitlin commenced work as a team member within Council’s maintenance team undertaking pothole patching and litter removal, as well as repairing defects on the Roads and Maritime Services section of main road 54, from Goulburn through to the Abercrombie River. Caitlin has commenced duties in the Crookwell area and is currently working with the Gunning townsperson undertaking general town and village maintenance, whipper snipping, tree trimming, ride-on mowing and general cleaning,” said Chris Francis, Council Construction Overseer.   

“My HVTC Field Officer, Valerie Roberts, has also been great and I’ve really appreciated her help and advice since starting my traineeship,” said Caitlin.

“Caitlin impressed us during the interview process with her understanding and genuine interest in this physically demanding position. She’s very willing to learn and take on any training required and is enjoying learning to operate the equipment and provide support with road works and traffic control,” said Valerie.

Caitlin enjoys fishing and working on the family farm when she’s not at work. 

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Caitlin loves the practical side of her job.