Graduates to seek a bright future at mine
■ 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.”
The VTEC graduation in Roebourne.