AMMA honours industry

AT ITS fifth annual industry awards the Australian Mines and Metals Association has recognised leading resource companies for their excellence in workforce recruitment and practices, with OZ Minerals taking home two honours.

Hannah Vickers

More than 350 resource employers turned out to celebrate the industry’s top achievers at a gala dinner and ceremony last night, held during the three-day AMMA 2013 National Conference in Melbourne.

As the national resource sector employer group, AMMA believed in rewarding outstanding achievements in the industry, executive director of industry Scott Barklamb said.

“These award winners exemplify the efforts of AMMA members who continue to innovate and excel with employment policies and practices,” he said.

“This type of leadership is what our industry is all about and has featured as a theme throughout our conference.”

OZ walked away with two awards, with the first for indigenous employment and retention.

Barklamb said the company’s dedication to local employment made it a standout for indigenous employment, particularly with its pre-employment training program at its Prominent Hill copper-gold mine in South Australia.

For the second year in a row the company also won the Australian women in resources alliance award for its initiatives to achieve 25% female participation at all levels.

“OZ Minerals ensures diversity is directly measured as part of overall company performance and provides strategic training and development opportunities to enable women to achieve their career aspirations,” Barklamb said.

The award for most creative recruitment campaign went to Anglo American Metallurgical Coal, whose central Queensland mining operations are expected to create 1800 new jobs by 2020.

The company attracted jobseekers with a widespread advertising campaign featuring one of its most talented female employees, which resulted in a consistent growth in female participation with women comprising 23% of all new appointments last year.

Perilya’s Broken Hill mine was awarded for innovation in training and development due to its successful implementation of a training strategy that developed new skills across its workforce as well as significantly improving productivity and safety rates.

“AMMA congratulates all award winners on their commitment to the development of Australian workforces and contributions to the wider resource industry,” Barklamb said.

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