Our recruitment team along with our RTO and the Wirrpanda Foundation have been busy setting up and running participation courses offering a foot in the industry to a group of keen Aboriginal candidates looking to gain work experience and a career in construction.
Our last participation course, saw five candidates through to completion of their Certificate II in General Construction and recently, we were pleased to offer two of the candidates long-term, full time employment opportunities.
McKay Drilling, one of our Perth labour hire clients, are committed to open new opportunities to Indigenous candidates. Both Kevin Hall and Resbit Miller have commenced with McKay within the capacity of driller offsiders with a career path mapped out to transition into drilling traineeships upon successfully completing six months of employment. They have the opportunity to work FIFO, gain an array of new tickets including their HR licenses to set them up for a career in the mines.
Both Kevin and Jack showed exceptional commitment and dedication throughout their 12 weeks of training, without missing a day. Our recruitment staff and the Foundation supported the guys through a vigorous on-boarding of a three step interview process, pre-employment medicals and pre-employment check.
The guys undertook their first full week of training and will look to complete their first swing soon.
Our second course is now well underway as the current group of seven reach week eight of training and we continue to engage with new employers looking to close the gap between Indigenous and non Indigenous employees.
Success stories like these, really show a perfect example of our various business streams working collaboratively to tailor, consult and facilitate our clients’ requirements and showcase how our partnership with the Wirrpanda Foundation has enabled us to progress with our vision to increase Indigenous engagement and offer sustainable employment opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island candidates within the industries we work in.
Jarrad Oakley Nicholls, Employment Program Manager at the Foundation said “It has been a great pleasure working with Skill Hire as I think they have embraced and become a leader in creating training and employment opportunities for the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander job seekers. Skill Hire’s staff are passionate about making a difference within our community and go above and beyond to support job seekers to either up skill or gain meaningful employment. I look forward to many more years of our partnership.”