EMPLOYMENT BOOST: Young Indigenous job-seekers will find it easier to enter the mining industry thanks to an agreement between Evolution Mining and the Johnathan Thurston Academy.
EMPLOYMENT BOOST: Young Indigenous job-seekers will find it easier to enter the mining industry thanks to an agreement between Evolution Mining and the Johnathan Thurston Academy. Marissa Newman

Indigenous partnership breaks barriers in mining industry

YOUNG Indigenous job-seekers will be given access to new opportunities at an underground gold mine around 100km west of Eidsvold.

A new two-year partnership has been signed between the Johnathan Thurston Academy and Australian gold-mining company Evolution Mining, which has mines at Cracow, Mt Carlton and Mt Rawdon, although the partnership has not been extended to the Mount Perry mine as yet.

Under the partnership, Indigenous youth aged between 16-25 will be able to access the education and employment opportunities available at Cracow and Mt Carlton, as well as Cowal in New South Wales and Mungari in Western Australia, via the academy's website.

"We are committed to maximising local and Indigenous employment opportunities wherever possible,” Anika McManus, Evolution Mining's group manager external and Indigenous relations, said.

"And we are excited about our partnership with the JTAcademy as their programs will help remove some of the barriers we identified that were preventing some locals from applying for roles.

"Supporting people in the communities in which we operate to competitively apply for jobs, not just with us, but with any company, will benefit both the community and Evolution.

"Targeted training and support around writing job applications, compiling a resume and, importantly, having the confidence to attend and succeed in a job interview, will help more people access available jobs and to have fulfilling careers.”

Thurston said the partnership had the potential to meaningfully change the lives of some who will receive work and training through it and he called on young people to register their interest.

"This partnership has been designed to allow young people in regional communities to get a leg up not just through training and employment, but even through the confidence-building which comes with that,” he said.

"The academy has been developed to help youth across Australia have more opportunities, and partnerships like this allow us to provide additional support for Indigenous youth, especially those in remote and regional communities.

"But if they are to take advantage of the opportunities which are being provided, youth need to get a little pro-active and register their interest to be part of the program.”

See the academy website for more information.


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