VTEC grad­u­ates look to­wards fu­ture

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Fortes­cue Met­als Group re­cently cel­e­brated the grad­u­a­tion of nine South Hed­land and 11 Roe­bourne-based trainees from its Vo­ca­tional Train­ing and Em­ploy­ment Cen­tres.

Hav­ing suc­cess­fully com­pleted the com­pany’s VTEC pro­gram, the 20 grad­u­ates have se­cured em­ploy­ment as op­er­a­tors across Fortes­cue’s Pil­bara mine sites, where they will have the sup­port and op­por­tu­nity to progress their skills.

Fortes­cue chief ex­ec­u­tive Nev Power said the com­pany’s fam­ily val­ues shone through at their VTEC grad­u­a­tions.

“Ev­ery VTEC class is like a fam­ily. I am al­ways in­spired by the close bonds our trainees form as they work to­gether and sup­port each other to­wards a stronger fu­ture for them­selves and their com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“Their grad­u­a­tion is a tes­ta­ment to their hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion and the com­mit­ment their fam­i­lies make to em­brace this op­por­tu­nity.”

South Hed­land VTEC grad­u­ate Rowan Whitby re­turned to work, hav­ing been a stay-at-home dad for three years rais­ing his three chil­dren.

Hav­ing se­cured a job at Fortes­cue’s Cloud­break mine, Mr Whitby’s goal is to stay em­ployed and never look back.

“I hope to buy a house for my fam­ily to call home,” he said.

Fel­low South Hed­land grad­u­ate An­toinette Tom said the sup­port of the VTEC pro­gram had brought her out of her shell and gave her con­fi­dence.

Ms Tom said she hoped to use this op­por­tu­nity to be a good role model.

“I want to show other women that there are great op­por­tu­ni­ties for women in min­ing,” she said.

On-site, the grad­u­ates will con­tinue to re­ceive pro­fes­sional and per­sonal sup­port from Fortes­cue’s Abo­rig­i­nal de­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tors.

“Our Abo­rig­i­nal De­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tors are ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing our VTEC grad­u­ates ev­ery step of the way to en­sure the tran­si­tion into the work­force is as smooth as pos­si­ble for the trainees and their fam­i­lies,” Mr Power said.

Pic­ture: Fortes­cue Met­als Group

The lat­est VTEC class to grad­u­ate in South Hed­land.

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