Passionate 25 year old, Hannah Smith returned home from living abroad created a pathway to her own success.  With hard work, will power and great perseverance Hannah completed a Construction Traineeship with hope of starting a career she loved.

During Hannah’s time at Challenge Employment and Training,  she worked on the Cooneana Heritage Centre Project where the trainees worked with two non-for-profit organisations – the Ipswich Historical Society Inc. and the Ipswich Genealogical Society Inc to help them improve two historic buildings – Brighton House and Briggs House which are located in New Chum.

This project helped the trainees to improve their practical skill development and they undertook a wide variety of tasks – cementing under both buildings, replacing the battens under both houses and gates, repaired and replaced weather boards, replaced gutters and down pipes and painted both of the buildings – to name just a few!

Before Hannah started Challenge Employment and Trainings Construction Traineeship, she lived abroad in England for two years.  Hannah had made the decision that when she moved back to Australia, that she wanted to create a new career for herself. Her decision to complete a Construction Traineeship was influenced by her interest in renovations and painting/ decorating.  

“I needed that foot in the door in the industry, and Challenge Employment and Training helped me do that.”  

Hannah was an enthusiastic and productive team member who always showed initiative, good communication and team building skills in addition to the technical skills. She was dedicated, always supported her peers and was eager to work.  One of Hannah’s trainers Jason Crandon, has explained “Hannah was a hard worker, a leader of the group and always willing to get her hands dirty!” Hannah was highly regarded by her peers and support staff. Project Officer, Wally Ropati, has stated that “Hannah was very committed, always on time, reliable and efficient.”

Research suggests that only 2% of women are in non-traditional trades such as construction and employers still hold negative stereotypes when hiring women.   Challenge Employment and Training, guides Women to reaching their potential and strengthening their chance of employment with offering pre-apprenticeship courses that include work experience as well as helping participants with employability skills such as resume writing and interview skills.

Hannah successfully completed her traineeship and with thorough support of the Business Development team and her SQW Project officer she was referred to East Coast Apprenticeships (FIT PROGRAMS – Females in Trade).  Hannah was successful in gaining an Automotive Detailing Apprenticeship at Pompanazzi an Australian Organisation who applies glass quartz coasting to prestige vehicles.

Hannah, she explained that she enjoys going to work, the environment she is in and is fitting in perfectly.  She said , “I’d like to give a huge credit to my bosses at Pompanazzi, not only for taking me on, but for taking on a mature aged, female apprentice and giving me the chance needed.”


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Construction Certificate I in Construction has been made possible through the generous support of the Queensland State Government under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program.