Perth partnership is increasing diversity in the mining sector

Group of workers in high viz workwear standing at work site with Perth Employer Liaison Officer Alix Roberts

Graduates from the Link2Opportunity program in Perth, Western Australia, which is boosting diversity in the mining sector.

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Link2Opportunity is an initiative connecting interested young people, women and Indigenous Australians to jobs in mining.

The mining sector provides employment for thousands of Australians. But the make up of its workforce doesn’t necessarily reflect our diverse society.

For example:

  • Just 16.2% of full-time mining sector workers are female, compared to 46.9% of women working full-time across all industries.
  • At the time of the 2016 Census, 3.8% of workers in the mining industry identified as Indigenous, higher than the share for all industries (1.7%) but still low.
  • As at November 2017, 6.4% of workers in mining were aged 15-24 years, lower compared with the figure for all industries (15.2%).

Wanting to give opportunities to Indigenous Australians and people who are under represented in the mining industry, Linkforce Engineering recently collaborated with Workforce Training Centre in Perth to develop the Link2Opportunity training program.

Link2Opportunity provides opportunities for women, young people and Indigenous Australians to gain the skills they need to secure entry-level roles in the mining industry.

Perth Employer Liaison Officer, Alix Roberts, partnered with local jobactive providers to identify suitable jobactive candidates to participate in the program.

‘This program has been a fantastic bridge to employment for people who are under represented in the mining industry,’ Alix said.  

‘Shortlisted candidates participate in a four-week training program that prepares them for jobs in the mining industry and gives them relevant qualifications in rigging, dogging, forklift and telehandler operations.’

At their graduation earlier in the year, all the participants secured positions with Linkforce and have now been working at various mine sites across Western Australia.

Recent graduate Rebecca Hart said, ‘Completing the Link2Opportunity training has given me the skills and qualifications I needed to achieve a start in the mining industry with Linkforce.

‘The onsite training mentoring was excellent- it built my confidence, gave me practical skills and prepared me for the workplace.’

Mark Miller, Chief Operations Officer of Linkforce Engineering, said, ‘Linkforce are extremely pleased to be able to support candidates in their development. It’s a great opportunity for people to achieve a sound skill base and then put it into real work practice. We look forward to the ongoing development within this program.’

Correct at time of publication.