Fortescue Metals has unveiled a new apprenticeship program focused on increasing the number of Aboriginal tradies.
Dubbed “Trade Up”, the program sees FMG working with Downer, Goodline, Thiess, ICRG, GUMA, DVG, and EGWYC to develop the program.
Speaking ahead of the launch, FMG CEO Nev Power said the miner is “committed to creating economic opportunities for Aboriginal people through training, employment and business development by providing a hand up, not a hand out”.
“Consistent with our land access agreements, we are again delivering a sustainable program that will deliver generational benefits to our Native Title partners.
“We’re proud to be leading the way in training for guaranteed jobs for Aboriginal people. The Trade Up program will open up the life-changing opportunity of a trade qualification for up to 40 of our Aboriginal employees every year,” he said.
“We particularly welcome the support and collaboration of our key contracting partners in this innovative program which sets a new benchmark for industry-led Aboriginal apprenticeship schemes. All of the participating contractors will provide opportunities for work in a range of businesses and different trades for the successful applicants, ensuring the success of the program.”
The program will start in October, with a first class of 40 individual, with a 12 month traineeship that will lead into a pathway for a four year apprenticeship program.
This indigenous support program follows Fortescue’s support for a fully Aboriginal-owned iron ore mine.