FMG welcomes graduates to ranks

FORTESCUE Metals Group has welcomed 32 apprentices into its ranks after they successfully graduated from the company’s Trade Training Centre.
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Paul Hunt

Senior Journalist: Energy & Commodities

Paul Hunt

FMG celebrated the 10th anniversary of its training centre this year.

This month, a cohort of 32 apprentices graduated the training program adding much needed electricians, heavy vehicle mechanics, fixed plant mechanics, fabricators and light vehicle mechanics to its workforce.

FMG CEO Elizabath Gaines said the company was committed to providing training and employment pathways for the next generation of its workforce to help build a pipeline of diverse talent for its operations.

About 70% of FMG's apprentices are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

"Greater diversity leads to better outcomes for Fortescue and the communities in which we live and work," Gaines said.

"We are focused on identifying and breaking down the barriers for entry to the resources sector, so we can continue to strengthen our business."

The apprenticeship program is one of several progras FMG has in place to attract the next generation of resources workers into the industry.

The fourth-biggest iron ore miner also runs a Vocational Training and Education Centre and "Trade Up" programs that allow workers and community members to find sustainable career development opportunities.

Graduate Omar Farrell was awarded FMG's Apprentice of the Year at the graduation ceremony.

"Fortescue's apprenticeship program gave me the skills, opportunities and support to succeed in my career and create a future I am excited about," Farrell said.

After completing his training Farrell will shortly take a position as a mechanical fitter at the Cloudbreak iron ore mine in the WA's Pilbara.

It is a particularly important time to be investing in workers across the mining and resources sector.

Recent analysis from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy found the mining sector will need as many as 40,000 additional employees by 2023 in WA alone.