Fortescue brings opportunities to Busselton

Before heading to Fortescue’s Pilbara operations, leaders were taken on an On Country Experience which showcased Busselton’s rich First Nations history and culture.
Before heading to Fortescue’s Pilbara operations, leaders were taken on an On Country Experience which showcased Busselton’s rich First Nations history and culture.

Fortescue (ASX: FMG) has expanded its Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program to Busselton, WA.

The VTEC program provides sustainable career pathways for First Nations people and is a key part of Fortescue’s training and development strategy. The program is delivered throughout WA in Perth, Broome, Karratha, Port Hedland and now Busselton.

Fortescue Metals chief executive Dino Otranto says the program is backed by community support.

“Fortescue is a leader in its commitment to providing opportunities for First Nations people and the success of the VTEC program is proven by the more than 1,500 First Nations people who have been offered employment since VTEC began,” he said.

“I’m pleased to see the program expanding into the South West and I thank the local community for their overwhelming support for the program.”

Koori Wiradjuri woman Chantelle Carroll says she is excited by the opportunity.

“I grew up in the South West so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to spend time in the Pilbara learning and growing with this program,” she said.

“I’m super excited to step outside of my comfort zone, try something new and continue to learn.

“I’m grateful to Fortescue for providing this opportunity to us in the South West and I am looking forward to seeing what other opportunities this might offer me.”

Ballardong-Whadjuk Nyungar Maarman man Lucas Bennell says a career in mining has been a dream of his.

“I’m Bunbury born and raised but it’s been a dream of mine to do fly-In-fly-out and experience the Pilbara,” he said.

“I’m excited to experience the local Pilbara culture and wake up to the gorgeous landscapes.

“This opportunity has not only opened the door for me but for my First Nations brothers and sisters to apply and take on a journey for a successful future.”