Rochedale high school student Gabrielle Rochet road-tested the world of Civil Construction during her last school holidays to see if it was the right career fit for her.

As part of the Gateway to Industry Schools Program, delivered by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), Gabrielle undertook a work placement with major engineering firm, Fulton Hogan (FH).

Currently completing Grade 12 at Redeemer Lutheran College, Gabrielle had been interested in pursuing studies in Engineering, and particularly Environmental Science.

She was given a taste of this field of career though the Gateway experience.

Gabrielle spent time both in the FH office and out on sites and particularly loved visiting the Sideling Dam site. The necessary ‘white card’, work shirt, goggles and hat, and workplace health and safety and site inductions were all provided by FH.

Rochelle says the work placement experience has helped her to confidently take her next steps toward a career in engineering:

“During the second week of the holidays I had the amazing opportunity to do work experience at Fulton Hogan, which is a company that focuses on building infrastructure such as roads, dams, airport runways and railroads.  

“I spent the majority of the time working with their environmental advisor and civil engineers at their Wynnum Road and Sideling Dam projects.  

“This experience has taught me so many new skills and shown me what work in these areas is really like.  

“I highly recommend doing work experience, even if you already know what you want to do after school.  

“I have always been interested in doing something that involves the environment, but I was also worried about what would happen if I went to University and hated it.  

“Spending time with their environmental advisor reassured me that this is what I want to do and has made submitting my QTAC Application less daunting.” 

Gabrielle Rochet Year 12

A Queensland Government initiative, the Gateway to Industry Schools Program is a school-based, industry-supported program specifically designed to engage students with career pathways and opportunities in the construction industry.

Through the program, CSQ connects industry with schools to:

  • raise the profile of careers in construction for students
  • create building and construction career pathways for students through school-based education and training opportunities including work experience and structured work placements, and
  • assist with professional development for teachers.

For more information about the Gateway program, visit: