Mentoring programs for Indigenous workers are very significant in the mining sector according to a recent report by the West Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME).
The report investigates Indigenous work programs currently operating in Western Australia.
It highlights work readiness programs as one of the keys to permanent employment.
The CME’s Rob Newton said the report look at case studies where companies have Indigenous people employed.
Its findings underline mentoring and tailored education programs as critical factors in the success of any work program.
“One of the key messages to come out of this report was that work readiness programs are essential to teach people about the process of work, what it requires, preparation if you like," Newtown told the ABC.
"Working at a mine site, it’s not just a matter of clocking on and clocking off.”