Trainee pro­gram

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

A min­ing com­pany re­cently re­cruited in­dige­nous work­ers for a ma­jor train­ing pro­gram.

Sh­effield Re­sources sourced trainees from the Nir­rum­buk and Wi­nun Ngari Abo­rig­i­nal cor­po­ra­tions, based in Broome and Derby re­spec­tively, who will take part in the 16-week Thun­der­bird Con­struc­tion Work Ready Pro­gram.

The pro­gram pro­vides the re­cruits with job-ready skills and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase of the large-scale min­eral sands project.

It is un­der­stood the grad­u­ates will have op­er­a­tional roles once the project be­gins.

Twenty ap­pli­cants have been suc­cess­ful in join­ing the pro­gram, four of whom are women. Sh­effield man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Bruce McFadzean said the com­pany was com­mit­ted to achiev­ing more than 40 per cent Abo­rig­i­nal em­ploy­ment within eight years of the project’s op­er­a­tion.

“We are grate­ful for the sup­port of Wi­nun Ngari and Nir­rum­buk in the de­liv­ery of this train­ing,” he said.

“Th­ese or­gan­i­sa­tions have a long his­tory in pre­par­ing peo­ple from the Kim­ber­ley for work in the con­struc­tion and min­ing sec­tors and it has been re­ally pleas­ing to see the level of in­ter­est shown in the course.

“The con­struc­tion work-ready pro­gram will en­sure we have trained, job-ready peo­ple who can start when con­struc­tion com­mences.”

Mr McFadzean said it was im­por­tant the ground­work was laid early to help lo­cal peo­ple de­velop the nec­es­sary skills.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Nir­rum­buk Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion re­cruits have been wel­comed on Sh­effield's Thun­der­bird Con­struc­tion Work Ready pro­gram.

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