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New Training Program Grooming Indigenous Women for Mining Work

Posted: 8/07/2012 5:00:00 AM by Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Mining, Training-and-Development, Diversity

The newly formed Remote Jobs and Communities training program awarded 13 Indigenous women well-earned qualifications making them ready for mining jobs. Another example of industry and government working together, the new training program is a joint initiative between the Minerals Council of Australia, the Australian Government and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.

Malarndirri McCarthy, Women’s Policy Minister in the Northern Territory, was on hand at the graduation ceremony held at Parliament House last week. She congratulated the women who come from Jabiru, Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine.

“Many women often do not receive recognition for contributions outside of their families, which is why it is important that we recognise the efforts and achievements of these first Indigenous women graduates into the mining resources sector,” the MP said.

Many of the graduates have been offered permanent employment near their own communities. The women received the following qualifications:
  • Certificate I in Resources and Infrastructure Operations
  • OH&S White Card
  • Certificate of Completion- IVEC Life Skills
"With over 70% of minerals industry operations in the Territory located in remote communities this initiative targets education and employment opportunities in the minerals industry for Aboriginal women in remote regions,” Ms. McCarthy continued.

"This is a win-win situation for growing our own by maximising local employment opportunities close to community, and increasing the participation of remote communities in mainstream economic activities by building local capacity.”

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