Lendlease and partners launch workwear initiative

Lendlease, Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) and social impact workwear brand, TradeMutt, have launched an initiative to create workwear that not only promotes training courses but starts an important conversation around mental health.

Designed in collaboration, the brightly coloured high-vis shirts act as a catalyst to start vital mental health discussions as well as the skills and training courses available through CSQ.

“Collaborating with our partners, we launched the initiative to encourage skills and training opportunities, with our project teams wearing specially designed high-vis workwear that promote courses and help raise awareness about mental health,” says General Manager of Lendlease’s Building business in Queensland, Jerome Johnson.

“We want our teams to feel physically and psychologically safe, and this initiative will help boost our safety culture and upskill our people.”

“The shirts will be rolled out across our Queensland projects – starting at Caboolture, and then to the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Townsville and Cairns with future plans to implement the initiative nationally.”

A QR code on the back of the shirts can be scanned by phone prompting information about formal qualifications, short courses, tickets, and licenses as well as a conversation starter with trained Mental Health First Aiders.

“Our industry is highly active and evolving rapidly; and it’s an exciting time to work in construction,” says CSQ CEO Brett Schimming.

“Training allows workers to take full advantage of the many new opportunities presented by a busy industry – to expand your skills base, take on new roles and continue to advance your career in construction.”

The initiative will be rolled out across Queensland sites this month and worn by construction teams who have been trained to learn about the signs and symptoms of common mental health problems, how to provide initial help and where and how to get professional help.

TradeMutt Co-Founder, Dan Allen adds, “The most important part of this initiative is the opportunity for workforces to identify their own path for self-improvement.”

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