Three participants of the Wirrpanda Foundation’s employment programs have successfully been employed by Easternwell at the Roy Hill iron ore mine site in the Pilbara region of WA..
Chris Hedlam, David Fraser and Cory Pickett have commenced their work at Roy Hill as Driller Offsiders.
The men were successfully employed by consistently attending the Wirrpanda Foundation’s FIT4WORK program.
Employment programs mentor, Jamie Bennell, said the program is designed to help Indigenous job seekers reach their full potential and gain employment.
“The three men consistently participated in the weekly program, which improved their job readiness and their physical fitness,” he said.
Mr Bennell, who recently visited the men on site at Roy Hill, said having three participants successfully attain a job with Easternwell is a huge achievement.
Easternwell’s Operations Manager, Andrew Chandler, said the company is privileged to offer employment to the men.
He said Easternwell’s parent company Broadspectrum aims to increase their Indigenous employment level to 6.5%.
“It is also based on wanting to do what is best in our community, a job for anyone who has been out of work or under-employed whether they be an Indigenous person or not has the potential to make massive changes to the way them and their family lives their lives,” Mr Chandler said.
Easternwell employee, Chris Hedlam, said he’s enjoying his new job, “I’ve got a whole new set of skills and have more experience in the mining industry now.”
Mr Hedlam said the Wirrpanda Foundation helped him in finding the right job that suited his needs and skillset.
The Wirrpanda Foundation’s employment program has assisted over 625 jobseekers into long-term, meaningful employment.
Mr Bennell said he will continue to support the employees at the Roy Hill site, and looks forward to further developing the partnership with Easternwell.
Our employment programs are thanks to the Australian Federal Government & Shell.