“We’re all proud of him, and have recognised his leadership qualities: I believe he will make his mark as a leader in the world one day.” – Bendigo Hospital Site Manager, Rob McGregor.

At 18 years of age Josh moved from his home town of Kerang in north-western Victoria: first to Deniliquin, to work as a forklift operator, and later to the larger regional hub of Bendigo, to pursue a trade.

After a few hurdles early on, Josh persevered with his decision to fulfil his potential as a qualified tradesperson. He was introduced to Lendlease through KEES (Koori Employment Enterprises) and after impressing in his interview, was engaged as an apprentice on our Bendigo Hospital project through CVGT (Central Victorian Group Training).

Recognised by his peers as a highly motivated and hardworking young man, Josh is now in the third year of his apprenticeship. His time is shared among the Bendigo Hospital subcontractor team to ensure he gains a broad experience.

Beyond his apprenticeship commitments, Josh is active in the Aboriginal and broader community as a motivational speaker. He has presented to young offenders in prison about making positive life choices and deciding who your friends should be.

Bendigo Hospital Site Manager, Rob McGregor said, “We know that more than just learning skills and applying new trades, Josh has overcome more challenges than most young people.

“But just by sheer determination and self-belief, he has shown those around him how he can accomplish personal goals with optimism and integrity,” he said.