Goal Indigenous Services and Stork Technical Services Australia have joined forces to launch their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander NDT (Non-Destructive Testing) Traineeship program in WA.
This program is believed to be the first of its kind, leading the way in Indigenous involvement and development for the NDT industry.
Goal Indigenous Services will recruit, mentor and support the trainees, with Stork providing the technical expertise and mentoring, along with an environment to grow and develop into qualified NDT professionals.
The South Metropolitan TAFE is the assigned training facility providing a bespoke, tailor-made curriculum.
Stork Regional Director Tony McAnulty said Stork was delighted to kick off the program.
“We look forward to expanding this initiative throughout our operations,” he said.
“Delivering traineeships in the regions we operate in enables us to provide a great opportunity for a long and exciting career in Non-Destructive Testing for local Indigenous people.
“This aligns with our goal to be a socially responsible contributor in the local community and also aides in being a globally sustainable business.”
The program is up and running with its first two participants placed at separate Stork project sites.
Xavier Clarke of MD Goal Indigenous Services said the company’s first trainee is working with Stork’s delivery team in Kwinana and the second trainee started recently on one of Stork’s new NDT and heat treatment contracts.
“We are very excited to see this program take off and provide opportunities for the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” he said.
Stork’s Kwinana Service Centre will deliver the traineeships and provide everything the trainees need to make the program and their careers a success.
Upon completion of the program, the trainees will enter the workforce as fully qualified NDT technicians holding a Certificate III in Engineering along with 3 x NDT qualifications.
“The end goal is for the trainees to become fulltime Stork employees following completion of their traineeship and to continue working on site for our clients. We intend to continue the traineeship program, once the first candidates have completed their studies, with a second intake,” Mr McAnulty said.
Stork Technical Services Australia provides inspection, non-destructive testing, heat treatment and corrosion and integrity services including blasting and painting, insulation and cladding, scaffolding, rope access and fireproofing across all of the major industry sectors involving project fabrication, manufacturing and site construction services.
Major sectors include mining, oil and gas, power generation, refining and petrochemical.