Indigenous and host communities employment and training
We have proactive programs are in place to provide employment and business opportunities to local stakeholders (including Indigenous people) thereby ensuring their inclusion, wherever possible, in opportunities due to our operation’s presence.
Century, Queensland, Australia
We have one of the highest Indigenous employment rates in Australia with our Century mine drawing around 21% of its employees and contractors from local Indigenous communities in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Century has more than 60 apprentices and trainees currently working at the mine and the Karumba Port Facility. In November 2010, 17 employees were recognised for completing traineeships and apprenticeships between 2009-2010. All moved into full-time employment in their chosen field at the mine after completing their training.
The Gulf Communities Agreement, the tri-partite agreement between the mine, Queensland State Government and Native Title holders sets a broad agenda for support of local Indigenous communities alongside the mine’s development, operation and ultimate closure.
Golden Grove, Western Australia
Golden Grove partners with 11 local industry, Indigenous and education organisations to deliver the Bayalgu Indigenous Pre-employment Training Program. The program is designed to provide work readiness and entry-level plant operation skills development for local Indigenous participants interested in the resources, civil construction and associated service industries. The course is coordinated and delivered by Golden Grove with the support of Central West College of TAFE Durack Institute of Technology.
In Laos, the majority of the Sepon’s 2,500 employees are drawn from villages in the Vilabouly district of the Savannahket province supported by expatriate managers from Australia and around the world who have made Laos their home.
The localisation plan that exists at Sepon, will see a reduction in the reliance on the expatriate workforce by building up capability within the national workforce. This is a life-of-mine commitment, due to the nature of education opportunities available in Laos and the demand for higher end capabilities as the country develops through infrastructure and emerging industries.
Sepon has developed a holistic training program aimed at building a skilled Lao workforce. Sepon funds 19 scholarships for Lao nationals as part of the AusAID Australian Development Scholarship Program. A total of 14 students who have received the scholarships are currently studying in Australia. In-house training programs at Sepon are extensive, including safety, computer skills, site operating permits, professional development and maintenance, in addition to English and Lao language skills.
At Sepon, community development is supported through the Sepon Development Trust Fund, Village Development Funds and Livelihood and Business Development Programs. The Sepon Trust Fund has a goal of building an economy for the local community that is not dependent upon Sepon operations and will continue to prosper well beyond eventual mine closure.