Fortescue Metals Group is tackling the potential shortfall in a resources workforce head-on in a move that could be seen as a template for many others to follow.
It has put a $25 million investment into creating approximately 200 new traineeship posts across a range of entry-level positions.
Fortescue’s CEO, Elizabeth Gaines, said it was targeted at ‘diverse local candidates who have never worked in the mining sector.’
Like many organisations in sectors such as mining or manufacturing there are concerns going forward over the challenges of finding a suitable skills supply . Such initiatives are key to overcoming these issues as Elizabeth Gaines says, ‘ …to ensure there is a sustainable pipeline of talent with the necessary skills to support our business.’ Fortescue recently welcomed its first intake of mine control trainees.
The Group features a 60% female participation rate with 85% from an aboriginal background. It will be these people that will forge the future of Fortescue and other companies in the sector.