Fortescue invests in future workforce of West Australian mining sector

The next generation of mine and resources workers
are being developed at Fortescue Metals Group
(Fortescue), as part of a drive to create a skills pathway for
individuals looking at a career in the sector.

The A$25
million investment in creating approximately 200 new traineeship
positions across Fortescue, represents a range of new
entry-level positions across autonomous operations, safety, business
administration, human resources, operations and hospitality. The
recruitment drive is targeted at diverse local candidates who have never worked
in the mining sector.

As part of
the program, Fortescue recently welcomed its first intake of mine
control trainees in a 12-month formal training program which will provide
participants with the necessary skills to work as part of Fortescue’s
autonomous operations. The group features a 60 per cent female
participation rate, and 85 per cent of trainees are from an Aboriginal
background.

Mine
Control Trainee Leteasha Desmond said, “Mining is such a
diverse industry which is constantly evolving so there are so
many possibilities. These traineeships show that you do not need
to have experience to get your foot in the door. I really look forward to
learning more about Fortescue and the mining sector and seeing where this
traineeship can take me.”

Chief
Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines said, “The West Australian mining
sector continues to play a significant role in Australia’s
economic recovery, employing thousands of people and making a substantial
contribution to the State and national economies through the payment
of taxes and royalties.

“In line
with our commitment to ensuring communities benefit from our growth and
development, we are providing new training and employment
opportunities for West Australians while also investing in the future of our
workforce by ensuring there is a sustainable pipeline of
talent with the necessary skills to support our business.”

Fortescue employs
around 15,000 people and in FY20 made a total economic contribution
of A$17.3 billion through jobs, payments to suppliers, dividends to
shareholders, taxes, royalties and community investment.

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