Fortescue Metals Group announced that it is working with its contracting partners to implement Aboriginal recruitment and retention strategies, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to provide training and employment opportunities for its Aboriginal workforce.
As part of contract negotiations, the iron ore producer has worked with REMA TIP TOP, who has provided belt and conveyor maintenance services at Fortescue’s operations for 10-plus years, to identify opportunities within its supply chain to increase employment and development opportunities for Aboriginal team members.
As a result, REMA has signed an agreement with 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned workforce organisation Karlayura Group to offer belt splicing traineeships.
The program will allow Aboriginal participants to gain on-the-job experience in the installation, maintenance and repair of conveyor belt systems across Fortescue’s operational sites and provide them with sustainable career opportunities.
“At Fortescue, we believe that providing economic opportunities through access to employment, training and business development pathways is key to sustainable futures for Aboriginal people,” said Fortescue Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Gaines. “We are pleased to be working with our contracting partners to develop programs that support Aboriginal employment, and it is inspiring to see the positive contribution they make to communities.”