Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has announced it has reached its target to train and employ 300 Aboriginal people by the end of June.
The achievement is part of the company’s “Summit 300” initiative is part of a commitment to 50 000 real, sustainable jobs for Aboriginal Australians by 30 June 2011.
Together with FMG’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre, Summit 300 prepared 300 Aboriginal people across the Pilbara for employment with the company or associated contractors through training programs in Port Hedland and Roebourne.
FMG chief executive, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has long been a supporter of indigenous training and employment and was the founder of the Generation One campaign, which aims to end the disparity between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in one generation.
“Real employment opportunities are the key to ending Indigenous disparity which has long plagued Australia,” he said.
“The disparity we all thought would be with us forever, can in fact be stopped.
“The achievement of 300 jobs is yet another testament to Fortescue’s commitment and resolve to offer real training and guaranteed jobs to Aboriginal people.”