Thurston scores a win for mining employment

Evolution Mining has partnered with the Johnathan Thurston Academy (JTAcademy) to improve access to employment and training opportunities for local and Indigenous people.

The two-year partnership, aimed at jobseekers aged between 16 and 25, will be implemented at Evolution’s operations in Mt Carlton and Cracow in Queensland, Cowal in New South Wales and Mungari in Western Australia.

Participants will learn to be job-ready, build self-confidence and develop skills in resume writing, job interviewing and submitting job applications.

Evolution Mining group manager external and indigenous relations Anika McManus said the company was committed to maximising local and indigenous employment opportunities.

“We are excited about our partnership with the JTAcademy as their programs will help remove some of the barriers we identified that were preventing some locals from applying for roles,” McManus said.

Charmaine Saltner of Evolution Mining with Johnathan Thurston.

“Supporting people in the communities in which we operate to competitively apply for jobs, not just with us, but with any company, will benefit both the community and Evolution.”

JTAcademy managing director Johnathan Thurston said partnerships were important in equipping Indigenous youth with the skills and confidence needed to apply for work.

“The work we are doing at the Academy has been very successful in helping all youth in remote, regional and metropolitan areas around Australia access jobs and training they probably wouldn’t otherwise have access to,” the rugby league great said.

“While our purpose is to help as many people as we can, there is a sustained focus on offering additional support and opportunities for Indigenous youth, especially those in regional and remote communities.

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