Course preps Roebourne graduates for mine life

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Eight students have graduated from Fortescue’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre program in Roebourne.

The graduates will start full-time employment at Fortescue’s Solomon Hub in roles spanning mining, fixed plant, drill and blast, and water services.

VTEC trainee Sariya Sambo said the program had provided a gateway to full-time employment.

“VTEC is a life-changing experience for Aboriginal people,” she said.

“The program is very supportive and prepares you for mine-site life.

“Having the opportunity to work in different areas gives you a good understanding of how the mine works and introduces you to the Solomon family.” Fortescue chief financial officer Ian Wells said the program was bringing about generational change.

“These graduates join an alumni of nearly 800 trainees who have started work at Fortescue after completing the VTEC program,” he said.

Solomon Hub general manager Jessica Barber said the VTEC program prepared trainees for life on a mine site.

“Throughout the course, each VTEC trainee comes to site to get a first-hand experience of life at a Fortescue mine and meet members of the Fortescue team,” she said.

Ms Barber said first-hand experience was crucial to success.

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