Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) is proud to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its pioneering Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program.
VTEC, which was established by Fortescue’s Founder and Chairman, Andrew Forrest AO, is based on a simple but compelling idea: after successfully completing training with Fortescue, you are guaranteed a job.
“When we started VTEC at Fortescue, I was determined it would end the cycle of jobless training once and for all and break down the social barriers that prohibit so many Aboriginal people from gaining employment. We have since seen hundreds of Aboriginal people develop their skills and seize the opportunities Fortescue’s VTEC has provided them,” Mr Forrest said.
Since the initiative began a decade ago, 774 Aboriginal people have begun employment with Fortescue, while a further 794 Aboriginal people have received driver education and health and literacy support services from VTEC. In 2014, the Federal Government committed to building a national VTEC network, based on Fortescue’s model.
“It’s been incredibly humbling to see our simple idea get the support of Government, spread across the country and provide job opportunities for a further 7,000 Aboriginal people,” Mr Forrest said.
“VTEC has been at the heart of our approach to Aboriginal engagement for a decade, as we work to ensure communities benefit from the growth and development of our business,” Fortescue Chief Executive Officer, Nev Power said.
In 2017, Fortescue’s VTEC celebrated a significant milestone with the graduation of the program’s first all-female class.
“At Fortescue, we believe in providing people with the opportunity to grow professionally and personally and we know how important it is to provide Aboriginal Australians, both men and women, with sustainable career opportunities so they can build a stronger future for themselves and their communities.”
“We are proud to offer a number of training pathways that align with our long-standing belief that the best way to end Aboriginal disadvantage is by providing opportunity through training and employment,” Mr Power said.