PORT HEDLAND, Western Australia, 13 July 2012 - The new CEO of GenerationOne, Indigenous leader Warren Mundine, visited Fortescue’s Port Hedland VTEC facility for the first time this week and was impressed by what he saw.
GenerationOne was started by Fortescue Chairman Andrew Forrest with the aim of ending the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians in one generation.
Mr Mundine said the VTEC Indigenous training and job-placement program was playing a vital role in making a difference in Aboriginal communities.
“The people who are taking part in these training programs are genuine ambassadors and role models in their communities and I congratulate all of them,” he said.
“It was great to see VTEC in action this week and to witness first-hand the dedication and enthusiasm of everyone involved in the program. I’m very excited to be involved with a program that will eliminate welfare by offering Indigenous communities training and employment. It is the only way for us to put an end to this tragic cycle of welfare dependency.”
VTEC Operations Manager Grant Bobongie and the VTEC team met with Warren and briefed him on the structure of the operation and took him on a tour of the centre.
Andrew Forrest has set the bar high for Warren. “Warren’s first task is to hold the Federal Government to its 2008 promise to provide the training necessary to deliver jobs committed under the 50,000 jobs campaign,” he said.