Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Finance; Commerce; Women's Interests

    Training pilot program to increase diversity in WA workforce

    13/09/2021 3:30 PM
    • BHP and TAFE partnership to train more Aboriginal people and women
    • 15 students trialling new pilot pathway to Building Maintenance qualification in 2021
    • Opportunity for participants to be employed by BHP in 2022
    • McGowan Labor Government committed to preparing local people for local jobs 

    The McGowan Labor Government through South Metropolitan TAFE has partnered with Australian resources company BHP to design a unique pilot training program to increase diversity in its Pilbara workforce.


    Aimed at boosting the number of Aboriginal people and women in the workforce, the Maintenance Associate Diversity Pathway Program trains participants for a Certificate II in Construction Pathways - Building Maintenance and an additional skill set in electrical test and tag statutory compliance.


    The tailored, work-ready program will help BHP meet its need for maintenance associate workers who perform general maintenance duties alongside trade professionals, and progress towards its goal of achieving gender balance in its workforce by 2025.


    The first cohort of 15 students, funded by BHP, started in the six-month pilot program in July this year, training at the specialist construction facility at SM TAFE's Rockingham campus.


    Upon completion of the program, the students will take part in a recruitment process conducted by BHP, with successful applicants offered employment with the company starting in 2022.


    Construction of a simulated transportable dwelling at the Rockingham TAFE campus and a visit to a BHP mining camp in the Pilbara will acquaint students with their potential working environment.


    Students receive support from SM TAFE's Student Services and engagement officers from the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre, which managed applications and enquiries for the pilot program and is a one-stop shop for careers, training and employment advice and assistance.


    To find out more about the program, contact the Rockingham Jobs and Skills Centre on 9599 8655 or visit the Jobs and Skills WA website at https://www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "A key theme from the Skills Summit was for all industry sectors to support measures to increase workforce participation among groups that experience specific barriers to employment, including Aboriginal people and women returning to work, and this program is a great example of how the resource sector is doing this.


    "By encouraging more Aboriginal people and women into its workforce, BHP is making a positive investment into WA's future workforce."


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "The pilot Maintenance Associate Diversity Pathway Program is a wonderful example of TAFE and industry working together to trial an innovative training solution to meet skills needs in today's workforce environment.


    "BHP and South Metropolitan TAFE's commitment to this program is helping to ensure training programs remain contemporary and relevant and support the needs of the community, industry and the economy."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700