The vision for Fortescue’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) is to change lives through employment.

We believe this approach will contribute to the overall social and economic wellbeing of the communities in which we operate. Since commencing in 2006, VTEC has helped more than 1,100 Aboriginal people through training, support and employment.

VTEC’s unique philosophy is based on providing training for guaranteed employment, which has resulted in hundreds of new career opportunities for Aboriginal people.

Our commitment to delivering real outcomes for Aboriginal people is underpinned by strong relationships with the native title groups on whose traditional country we operate.

What does VTEC do?

VTEC develops and delivers targeted training courses based on relevant vacancies with Fortescue and its contractors, preparing Aboriginal people for a successful career in the resources industry.

VTEC’s employment-focused strategies are complemented by individualised support to address barriers to training and employment.

What does VTEC provide?

VTEC delivers industry, company and job specific pre-employment programs that focus on preparing Aboriginal people for upcoming jobs.

The program also provides support in health, transport, literacy and work experience to help Aboriginal people with their fit for work requirements and ensure long-term employment.

VTEC staff are available to both Fortescue employees and contractors to provide support, identify training needs, assist with family concerns and promote understanding of cultural factors that affect Aboriginal people in the workplace.

Aboriginal employment and business development

Fortescue provides training with a guaranteed job prospect supported by housing for Aboriginal employees. We believe real employment builds autonomy in individuals and families and ultimately strengthens the whole community, both now and into the future.

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Meet Ayla Stewart


Ayla is an Aboriginal woman from the Pilbara region with
continued links to family, tradition and culture. A proud
Warnman (Martu) woman, Ayla holds a close connection
to the Nyangumarta people having been raised by her
grandmother. Ayla commenced at Fortescue’s Cloudbreak
mine as an operator in 2014, after successfully graduating
from VTEC. In April 2014, Ayla was able to purchase her
own home with the assistance of Fortescue’s Pilbara Home
Ownership Scheme.

Ayla and her family are one of 72 families who have
purchased properties through the Scheme. Fortescue
maintains a further 375 rental properties, highlighting the
commitment to a residential workforce.

Now the Personal Assistant to the General Manager of
Cloudbreak, Maryanne Kelly, Ayla says that becoming
a home owner is a sense of accomplishment. “Without
the support and guidance of Fortescue’s Pilbara Home
Ownership Scheme this opportunity would have not been
achievable,” Ayla said.