Prisoners score jobs on BHP mine

A new program in South Australia is helping prisoners find work in the mining industry after they are released from jail.

ABC News reports after completing the program some prisoners have been hired at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam mine. 

Under the scheme low-security inmates are sent to Roxby Downs for several weeks and receive training as well as on the job experience.

The positions are not just for the mining industry, but BHP is actively participating in the program to help resettle former prisoners.

A BHP official told ABC News the program benefitted both the company and the wider community.

“It’s part of, at one level, our social licence to operate, it’s how we demonstrate to people above and beyond the normal things of business that we can actually deliver services, create opportunities for others outside of the normal framework that you would expect,” they said.

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