In alignment with `Closing the Gap` initiatives, BHP Billiton Nickel West has implemented a strategy that aims to address employment balance at their operations.
They encourage a diverse workforce with equal opportunities for all employees. An element of their approach to workplace diversity is their Indigenous Participation Strategy.
To kick it all off, BHP Billiton Nickel West is in the process of facilitating their `Tamalarri` Work Readiness Program. Tamalarri is a Western Desert word meaning: Standing Ready.
This program is for local Aboriginal job seekers to gain the skills, training and capabilities needed to sustain employment at BHP Billiton Nickel West.
14 week training program beginning in June
The program will commence in June 2011. The course consists of a six-week training program involving three elements: `Myself`, `Myself and My Work` and `My Work`, followed by eight weeks on-the-job training giving the participants the chance to experience working life.
Their intention is that after the participants have completed the 14 week program, they will have a pool of talented people trained and ready to enter full-time roles within BHP Billiton Nickel West.