Fortescue invests in the future workforce of the West Australian mining sector

Mar 24, 2021

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.