Creating Indigenous career pathways

A partnership between Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation, Downer Mining and Wambo Coal is starting new career pathways through its Indigenous traineeships.

A partnership between Ungooroo Aboriginal Corporation, Downer Mining and Wambo Coal is starting new career pathways through its Indigenous traineeships.

The 12 month program which began in February 2012 has been called a resounding success as all 10 trainees will complete the course and receive their certificate II in surface extraction operations in March this year.

After they finish their traineeship they can reapply for their current positions or seek employment elsewhere with their new credentials.

An information session facilitated by Ungooroo generated huge interest in the program and from there the interested respondents visited the mine for a two day workshop to understand how the traineeship would work.

Downer Mining Indigenous Affairs superintendent Jason Lewin said” “the guys were mostly green to the mining industry and that’s why the workshop was held so they knew what the work was like and the commitment it takes”.

This has been one of several Indigenous recruitment initiatives that Downer Mining has undertaken in the past two years.  

Downer Mining applies a specialist methodology when it comes to indigenous recruitment:

Local community consultation
Every time a program is run, the first step is to make contact with a local Indigenous organisation to seek their support and gain a better understanding of the community.

Community information sessions
In partnership with the local Indigenous organisation, our Indigenous Affairs team and representatives from site run an information session in the community. The session offers participants an insight into the job requirements and the challenges and opportunities in mining.

On-site assessment workshops
Candidates from the information session are shortlisted for a medical as part of the requirement to attend a two-day assessment workshop that is run on site. The assessment workshop replaces the traditional interview process. It is facilitated by members of our Indigenous Affairs team, but hosted by the site’s Project Manager, Training Manager and Human Resources representatives to establish a relationship between the trainees and their supervisors from the start of the process. Potential recruits undertake practical assessment in a training simulator, a tour of the mine and experiential learning activities, and receive presentations from site personnel.