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Wirra and Abigroup to train indigenous workers

MINING contractor Abigroup has teamed up with the David Wirrpanda Foundation to provide a training and employment program to indigenous Australians in the Pilbara.

Brooke Showers
Wirra and Abigroup to train indigenous workers

Meaning “go forward” in Aboriginal Noongar, the Kwadjet Koorl project incorporates the support of RMS, Ochre Personnel and GLH to recruit, train and support around 20 trainees across a range of roles in the construction industry.

Positions for mining projects in the Pilbara will range from plant operators to business administration personal, of which the DWF has successfully placed indigenous trainees in similar roles over the past two years.

Abigroup's participation in the initiative will include on-site training and supervision for the participants as well as access to ongoing employment once the program is complete.

The David Wirrpanda Foundation will provide mentoring and life skills training, RMS will ensure regular contact with training providers and Ochre Personnel will provide a four-week life skills and job fit ready training program to assist an individual’s transition to a work environment.

Abigroup Western Australia general manager Maurice Dessauvagie said the company had been through rapid growth in WA and the program would help ensure the contractor had the right people with the training and skills to sustain future growth.

"Combining this business objective with an opportunity to establish a clear, well supported, career path for local indigenous Australians will provide long-term social and economic benefits to Western Australia as well as contributing to the Western Australian Department of Indigenous Affairs Strategic Framework for 2012-2014 announced in June,” Dessauvagie said.

This article first appeared in ILN's sister publication MiningNews.net.

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