Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has celebrated the graduation of eight new students from the Company’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program in Roebourne.
The graduates, who will commence full time employment at Fortescue’s Solomon Hub in roles spanning mining, fixed plant, drill and blast and water services, join the 22 trainees who successfully completed VTEC training in FY18.
VTEC trainee, Sariya Sambo, said the opportunity the VTEC program has provided is a gateway to full time employment.
“VTEC is a life changing experience for Aboriginal people of all ages,” she said.
Fortescue’s Chief Financial Officer, Ian Wells, who attended the graduation, reflected on the success of the program over the last eleven years.
“These graduates join an alumni of nearly 800 trainees who have started work at Fortescue after completing the VTEC program.
“By providing training and employment opportunities, VTEC continues to empower generational change and sustainable economic development in Aboriginal communities,” Mr Wells said.
Jessica Barber, General Manager at Fortescue’s Solomon Hub, said the VTEC program was focussed on preparing trainees for life on a mine site.
“Throughout the course, each VTEC trainee comes to site to get a firsthand experience of life at a Fortescue mine and meet members of the Fortescue team. This is crucial in setting the trainees up for success,” Ms Barber said.
Ms Sambo agreed. “The program is very supportive and prepares you for mine site life. Having the opportunity to work in different areas gives you a good understanding of how the mine works and introduces you to the Solomon family,” she said.