Trainees join FMG’s ranks

Caitlyn WattsPilbara News
Fortescue Metals Group recent graduates who will go on to work at the company's mine sites.
Camera IconFortescue Metals Group recent graduates who will go on to work at the company's mine sites. Credit: Photography Project

A group of Pilbara graduates have been offered jobs at Fortescue Metals Group mine sites after successfully completing their training with the company.

The 11 graduates from Karratha and Port Hedland this month completed the Vocational Training and Employment Centre training program.

The program was established in 2006 and aims to provide Aboriginal people with new skills and a guaranteed job at FMG.

The new graduates will start full-time employment at FMG’s Eliwana, Solomon and Christmas Creek mine sites in roles such as drill and blast, dewatering and fixed-plant operations.

Graduate Kelvin Phillips who is heading to Eliwana said the program provided him with many opportunities.

“VTEC has provided me with the opportunity to work towards completing my apprenticeship, which I hope to do with Fortescue in the future,” he said.

“I’m really excited to be moving to Eliwana and look forward to meeting new people and being part of the team.”

Fortescue chief executive Elizabeth Gaines attended the graduation in Port Hedland and said she was proud Eliwana was continuing its strong track record of providing training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, with the VTEC graduates joining the team ahead of first ore on train at the end of year.

Eliwana general manager Katie Day attended the Karratha graduation and said the company was committed to diversity.

“Fortescue is committed to building a diverse workforce and it’s exciting to be able to offer so many opportunities for Aboriginal people and women to be a part of this important chapter in Fortescue’s history,” Ms Day said.

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