A Truly Diverse Workforce

SKILLED recognises that harnessing the skills and experience of employees from all backgrounds and walks of life not only helps us provide great jobs for great people, but in turn helps us better meet the needs of our clients. 

In fact, many of our clients actively partner with us to lead diversity initiatives that enable them to build the best possible workforces and achieve their business goals.

We are proud of our many workforce diversity initiatives that enable us to:

  • Provide training and employment opportunities for women in non-traditional roles in industries such as mining and telecommunications
  • Assist Indigenous employees to gain skills and experience that will equip them for lifetime employment
  • Support the flexible working needs of our employees at different stages of life through innovative rostering arrangements and access to rewarding work at convenient times and places

Here are just a few examples of the initiatives we have worked on, in partnership with our clients, to create great employment opportunities for people from a diverse range of backgrounds:

Indigenous Traineeship Program – Banora Point Road Upgrade

The Banora Point Road Upgrade involved the expansion of a 2.5km section of the NSW Pacific Highway that crossed Indigenous land. To give back to the Indigenous community and provide long-term employment opportunities, SKILLED worked closely with our client to engage and recruit Indigenous Trainees from the local area. Dedicated SKILLED Apprenticeship Field Officers, SKILLED Site Managers and Project Supervisors worked side-by-side with a government appointed Indigenous mentor to ensure we provided Indigenous Trainees with adequate support and guidance during their traineeship. SKILLED’s own Indigenous Employment Manager was also available to provide extra support for any Indigenous Trainees who felt they needed it.

It was a great result, with six of our civil construction trainees – approximately 50% – being offered full time positions with our client after completing their traineeship.  In addition, four of the five administration trainees also secured full time work.

Get the full story on Recruiting Indigenous Trainees on the Banora Point Road Upgrade or learn more about SKILLED’s Indigenous Employment Program.

Women in Mining – Residential Green Operator Program

To create better opportunities for women in mining SKILLED worked with our client to introduce the “Residential Green Operator Program”. While the program’s primary focus was to employ 10-15% of the total workforce from the local residential community, it also recognised that many unemployed people in the community were women.  The program aimed to substantially increase the number of women employed and offered family-friendly rosters such as 4-days-on-4-days-off (4/4). The program also supported candidates who had limited or no experience in the Mining industry.

Of the first group of candidates successfully placed in roles on site, 70% were women.  In the second intake, 50% were women.

By August 2012, women made up almost 50% of the Residential Green Operators on site, including six women in the seven-member “A Crew”.

Furthermore, due to SKILLED and our client’s commitment to diversity and the Residential Green Operators Program, 25% of the overall SKILLED Mobile Plant Operator workforce on the client’s site were women.

Read more about the Residential Green Operator Program Supporting Women in Mining

Women in Mining – Vacation Student Program

In partnership with our client, SKILLED promotes women in mining through our Vacation Student Program. For the past eight years SKILLED has supported this paid work experience program that provides local students, female and male, with the opportunity to experience work in the Mining industry.

In the 2011/12 program, over 50% of the 130 students were women.

Because of SKILLED’s commitment to diversity and programs such as the Vacation Student Program, 45% of employees in our client’s workforce in the Pilbara are women.

Read more about our Vacation Student Program Supporting Women in Mining.