Fortescue & Downer EDI deliver Indigenous Employment

Fortescue Metals Group and Downer EDI deliver employment opportunities to Aboriginal People from Fitzroy Crossing Fortescue Metals Group Ltd (Fortescue) is pleased to announce that 11 Aboriginal people from Fitzroy Crossing have graduated from its Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) after an eight week training programme delivered in collaboration with the Fitzroy Crossing Men’s Shed in both Fitzroy Crossing and Port Hedland.

The 11 trainees will be employed by Downer EDI Mining (Downer) at Fortescue’s Christmas Creek mine site and be part of Fortescue’s commitment to employ 25 Aboriginal people from Fitzroy Crossing.

The trainees will start work at Christmas Creek within the next fortnight, flying directly to and from Fitzroy Crossing.

The original commitment to Fitzroy Crossing was made by Fortescue Chief Executive Andrew Forrest via the Australian Children’s Trust (ACT) to build a Men’s Shed as a centre for training and improving the wellbeing of Aboriginal men in the community, and in support of the community’s decision to eliminate the sale of take-away full strength alcohol.

This program forms part of Fortescue’s commitment to the Australian Employment Covenant to provide 300 jobs for Aboriginal People within Fortescue and to maximise employment opportunities with its contractors.

Fortescue’s VTEC Development Manager Damian Ardagh said the commitment of 25 guaranteed jobs was made as a tangible outcome for people who entered the Men’s Shed program.

“Without employment prospects as an incentive, the success of the community’s rejuvenation through the installation of the Men’s Shed would have been undermined,” Mr Ardagh said.

“This program represents a significant collaboration between the mining sector, government and TAFE to provide essential training for Aboriginal people in Fitzroy Crossing, leading to long-term sustainable employment.”

Mr Ardagh said funding for the program had been sourced from the Department of Employment Education and Workplace Relations through the Structured Training Employment Program and its job networks, as well as through Fortescue and Downer.

All media are welcome to attend the Fitzroy Crossing Mobile Plant Operator Training Graduation Barbecue.
WHERE: Pilbara TAFE, Pundulmurra Campus, South Hedland
WHEN: 10.30am, Friday 3 December 2010

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