Karratha jobs portal puts locals in box seat

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel, WA Premier Mark McGowan and Woodside chief operations officer Meg O'Neill.
Camera IconPilbara MLA Kevin Michel, WA Premier Mark McGowan and Woodside chief operations officer Meg O'Neill. Credit: Picture: Tom Zaunmayr, Tom Zaunmayr.

A new jobs portal launched by oil and gas giant Woodside will give Karratha residents first access to jobs available on the company’s projects before fly-in, fly-out workers get a look-in.

The local jobs portal was launched on Friday at the North West Shelf Visitor Centre by WA Premier Mark McGowan.

The online tool will allow Karratha residents to register their skills and availability for job opportunities with Woodside and its contractors.

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Woodside chief operations officer Meg O’Neill said Woodside would talk to other local employers about using the portal to boost local jobs.

“The portal we see as a fantastic opportunity to make sure job opportunities created at KGP and Pluto get out very quickly to the people who live in Karratha,” she said.

“We see it as a great opportunity to get information in the hands of local residents, as well as prospective future local residents so they can participate in the projects we have here.”

Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said the portal would support the local economy through the expansion of Pluto and the Browse and Scarborough projects. “This is the best day of my life,” he said.

“Karratha workers have the skill and the knowledge to do this work and the local jobs portal will ensure they are in the box seat for future job opportunities.”

Mr McGowan said the por-tal was a key part of negotiations to allow construction of Woodside’s Bay Village work camp.

“The local participation plan will ensure that the next wave of Woodside projects create direct jobs for people in Karratha,” he said.


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