Geraldton Guardian

Trainees are on track for mine ca­reers

- Ge­off Vi­vian Belgium · Whitby

Ten young Abo­rig­i­nal men who have com­pleted part of a civil con­struc­tion plan­ning course are about to be trained as dump truck driv­ers so they can work in open pit mines.

Trainer Mal­colm Whitby said it was all about giv­ing indige­nous peo­ple a fair go in train­ing.

“We are here to show po­ten­tial clients these guys can be trained,” he said.

“Lend Lease are in­ter­ested in em­ploy­ing more indige­nous peo­ple, and we are talk­ing to Main Roads about se­cur­ing more jobs down the track and try­ing to get more indige­nous peo­ple into the work­place.”

As an Abo­rig­i­nal man with a long in­volve­ment in min­ing Mr

Whitby said he was an ex­am­ple to the trainees that they could have the same ca­reer.

He said he had re­vived his old busi­ness Ka­jarinya Pty Ltd, which he ran for 10 years in the Pilbara

be­fore go­ing on to work as a mine man­ager and su­per­in­ten­dent.

“We saw the need for more indige­nous train­ing, so now we are back into train­ing,” he said.

Ad­vanced Per­son­nel Man­age­ment

con­tracted Mr Whitby to de­liver the train­ing, and busi­ness man­ager Ricky Cox said he was pleased with the trainees.

“We are su­per proud of the boys who have come along and their

de­meanour from when they started to now they have com­pleted the course,” he said.

“They have more faith in them­selves and more con­fi­dence to deal with peo­ple.”

 ??  ?? Stand­ing: An­thony Far­rell, Leigh Har­ris, trainer Mal Whitby, Nei­hana Takiwa, busi­ness man­ager Ricky Cox, Damian Simp­son, Nakia Ninyette, Den­nis Brock­man and Way­lon Ben­nell. Kneel­ing: Rod­ney Ryan and Jashua Penny. Pic­ture: Ge­off Vi­vian
Stand­ing: An­thony Far­rell, Leigh Har­ris, trainer Mal Whitby, Nei­hana Takiwa, busi­ness man­ager Ricky Cox, Damian Simp­son, Nakia Ninyette, Den­nis Brock­man and Way­lon Ben­nell. Kneel­ing: Rod­ney Ryan and Jashua Penny. Pic­ture: Ge­off Vi­vian

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