HVTC 40th Anniversary - Lisa Bevan

Maitland local, Lisa Bevan, is a 47-year-old mother of 9 and grandmother of 12 who completed her Certificate II in Construction Pathways through a traineeship with HVTC Hunter while hosted to Multiplex Constructions.

Prior to commencing with HVTC, Lisa was undertaking a course in Aged Care which was organised through her job agency, the Salvation Army, but decided that it wasn’t the right pathway for her. She struggled to get into the training and practical work, so her JA offered her different courses to do. With anything that was offered, Lisa got in and had a go.

Eventually, the traineeship opportunities with HVTC and Multiplex came up, and Lisa landed an interview with Multiplex for the position. From there, Lisa landed the position and commenced her Construction Traineeship with HVTC and Multiplex, while completing her course work at the Maitland Connectivity Centre.

“A highlight of my traineeship was being the first Multiplex Trainee of the Month award winner. Winning the award was a shock. I did a lot of work on site that was a bit more advanced than what the other trainees were doing and would often help clean up and do extra tasks. It was good to be recognised for how I helped on site and helped the other trainees get to where they were.”

Lisa was working with Multiplex and various sub-contractors on-site at the Maitland Hospital project throughout her traineeship, gaining experience in formwork, concreting, construction, gyprocking, and worked with plumbers, electricians, fabricators, and metalworkers, allowing her to learn about various trades and aspects of the construction industry. As well as this, Lisa had the opportunity to be involved in quality control during the last few months of her traineeship, which involved her going around checking that the jobs were being done correctly.

“At the end of my traineeship most of the jobs were starting to finish up on site besides the tiling and painting, so I wasn’t able to secure a job in what I was trained in.

“At the moment I’m signed up at the Connectivity Centre for labour hire work. I enjoyed the formwork and aspects of the gyprocking; I am definitely more attracted to the hands-on, physical work. I also felt comfortable doing this work because I could communicate with the people on site and developed good relationships with them.”

Lisa’s focus on communication with her co-workers on site at Multiplex allowed her to form relationships with them and helped them to be comfortable talking about themselves around her. As an advocate for mental health, Lisa was happy to be able to offer advice and support to the people around her.

“I was born in Bathurst, which is Wiradjuri country. A lot of my family are finding out different things about our family history and are not 100% sure on their origins, but this is where I grew up so that’s what I know.

“I’ve had feedback from some of the bosses saying: “You don’t know what you’re doing for the guys – boosting morale and helping them” and “You’d be surprised by what you’ve helped some people with on-site”. Communication means a lot to some people, and I never heard people saying good morning until I did it, and then everyone became more comfortable talking to each other on site. Sometimes, I would just help other people out with simple things to boost their morale, like offering to fill up their water bottles.”

After completing her traineeship in February 2021, Lisa was named HVTC’s Indigenous Apprentice/Trainee of the Year in the 2021 HVTC Excellence Awards. As well as this, Lisa was put forward as a nominee for the 2021 NSW Training Awards, in which she has now progressed as a regional finalist for the Hunter and Central Coast Awards in the Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year category.

Lisa Bevan