Grad­u­ates to seek a bright fu­ture at mine

Pilbara News - - Education - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Eleven grad­u­ates, about half of whom are women, are bound for work at Fortes­cue Me­tals Group’s Cloud­break mine af­ter be­come the first Vo­ca­tional Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre grad­u­ates of the year.

On-site, grad­u­ates will con­tinue to learn un­der the lead­er­ship of Cloud­break gen­eral man­ager Maryanne Kelly.

Ms Kelly said Cloud­break had a proud his­tory of sup­port­ing VTEC grad­u­ates.

“The grad­u­ates have al­ready shown them­selves to be hard­work­ing and de­ter­mined and ev­ery­one at Cloud­break looks for­ward to sup­port­ing them to reach their full po­ten­tial,” she said.

Fortes­cue chief ex­ec­u­tive Nev Power said work­place di­ver­sity was a fun­da­men­tal con­trib­u­tor to busi­ness suc­cess.

“To end the dis­par­ity be­tween Abo­rig­i­nal and non-Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in Aus­tralia, it is crit­i­cally im­por­tant that women are given the education and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, through pro­grams such as VTEC, to en­able them to be­come role mod­els in their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Fortes­cue is a stronger busi­ness to­day through the con­tri­bu­tion of our women, which is why we are de­lighted to wel­come th­ese grad­u­ates into the Fortes­cue fam­ily.”

Roseanne Simp­son, a grad­u­ate who won an in­ter­nal Fortes­cue award for demon­strat­ing lead­er­ship and team­work dur­ing the VTEC pro­gram, said the train­ing had opened her eyes.

“I’ve al­ways known Fortes­cue to have a rep­u­ta­tion for do­ing things dif­fer­ently and to have a strong fo­cus on help­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple,” she said.

“Fortes­cue’s VTEC pro­gram has given me more de­ter­mi­na­tion to al­ways do my best and I am ex­cited about the op­por­tu­ni­ties I will have.”

Pic­ture: Fortes­cue Me­tals Group

The VTEC grad­u­a­tion in Roe­bourne.

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