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Breaking Ground – Empowering First Nations Women in Construction

Breaking Ground

Women’s Business has joined forces with Lendlease, Productivity Bootcamp and Training Services NSW in a ground-breaking course for women – Breaking Ground. 

Breaking Ground is a program giving First Nations women their start in the construction industry. 

We’re pleased to announce that six of our aspirants have now graduated the initial 4-day program, received their certificates and are ready for work in the construction industry! 

Their week of training included site tours of the Powerhouse Museum in Parramatta and Liverpool Hospital, followed by two intense days of practical training in Penrith. The ladies learnt welding, hammering nails, bricklaying, fence building and so much more! 

Breaking Ground

Women’s Business assisted with transport to the sites, PPE gear and also delivered our Get Ready employment workshop. 

There was a range of barriers that our team was able to work through with our Aspirants and our Reach Out Officers will now continue to support them to achieve their individual career goals moving forward. 

Breaking Ground Superstar – Darlene!

Breaking Ground

Darlene has been an aspirant at Women’s Business 2nd Chance Hub since 2021. She has always been engaged with our programs and committed to her growth. For example, she has completed several workshops and courses such as Life and Career Planning, creating a vision board and the Get Ready program. 

Darlene was one of our inaugural students enrolled in Breaking Ground.  

Following that, Darlene completed an 8-week construction training program with Productivity Bootcamp Pty Ltd in Penrith.   

Productivity Bootcamp referred Darlene to Developing Leaders Aboriginal Corporation to be part of their Keeping It Real Program which assists people to rise above life’s challenges and become leaders within their community.   

Darlene was more than ready for employment! Productivity Group and WB2C worked together to help Darlene secure a full-time role with partnering employer, Plateau Tree Services.   

Her responsibilities include conducting ground maintenance, tree care, traffic control and general council contract work.   

The WB2C team are so proud of Darlene and look forward to following her future career success!  

“Women’s Business is Deadly and supportive in getting me to where I am today and I’m so grateful” 
“Working in my first job is awesome. I’ve been working for a month now and can’t wait to see what happens in the future” 
Breaking Ground