Ten new apprentices and trainees have graduated from MMG Century’s revamped Indigenous pre-employment program.
According to the miner, this program focuses on helping participants to develop their life skills and knowledge, as well as the foundations for getting a job in the mining industry.
Shane Yanner, MMG’s community and stakeholder relations superintendent, said "over the years, we’ve found that our most successful trainees and apprentices have good social and emotional skills as well as a commitment to learn and interest in their field of study".
He explained that in the first four weeks of the pre-employment program, the students participate in Beyond Billabong, a self development program.
The rest of the program – safety and first aid training and part of a Cert II in Engineering – haven’t changed.
The graduates of the third Indigenous pre-employment course held this year, and join nearly 30 other apprentices and trainees who have gone through the program in 2011.
Century says it is planning to hold three pre-employment courses next year.
The MMG Century mine won Hard Rock Mine of the Year in the 2011 Australian Mining Prospect Awards, for its production and unique training programs.