Bayalgu Indigenous pre-employment training program

2010 Bayalgu graduate Tanicka now worked as an underground truck driver at Golden Grove.


Central to Golden Grove’s overall community investment commitment is the Bayalgu Indigenous Pre-employment Training Program.

This entry-level operator program seeks to improve Indigenous representation in employment in Western Australia’s Mid West region.

It plays a valuable role in providing Indigenous Australians living in Golden Grove’s host communities with a range of work readiness skills and competencies to support their entry into the resources, civil construction and associated service industries.

The program is designed to take an industry-responsive approach, adapting to upcoming employment opportunities and local needs.

The training course is supported by a program partnership framework with 13 industry, education, government and non-government organisations contributing to the partnership network.

Run over ten weeks, the program primarily targets Indigenous Australians both male and female aged 18 years and over, and features a number of training activities that lead to a Certificate II in Resource and Infrastructure as well as relevant Work Safe qualifications.

The program is delivered out of Geraldton and neighbouring areas, and has continued to evolve since it was established in 2006.

Golden Grove conducts one training course every year and to date has completed 15 training courses delivered to over 105 Mid West people.

The program takes a holistic approach and includes safety awareness training, small machine operation, a live work road construction project, an industry work placement, and job preparation activities including resume, cover letter and interview training.

The  program also includes ongoing mentoring where the mentor provides a link between trainees, families, employers, supervisors and third party support agencies, and also supports participants in their transition from training to employment.

Golden Grove supports participants to secure and retain long-term employment for up to 18 months following completion of the course.

The Program Coordinator/Trainer and Mentor work alongside other key site employees to identify employment opportunities within the Golden Grove operation, the program partnership and contractor network more broadly.

The commitment and focus is to ensure that we maintain and improve upon the program’s employment transition ratio, which is currently tracking in excess of 84%.

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