By Alisdair Valente
Areas in regional Queensland are looking for Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander Australians for work in mining facilities.
According to Community Solutions, a for-purpose human services organisation, over 1,570 Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders seek employment as part of vocational support and training group.
The Mackay region is a focus area for Community Solutions, especially when it comes to employing indigenous communities, states Diversity and Inclusion Training and Employment Coordinator of Compass Group, Emily Tanna.
“We’ve struggled to fill the positions, but with the new roles, there are many hoops to jump through such as site requirements, medical, drug and alcohol screening,” Ms Tanna said.
Ms Tanna states that the recruitment goal for workers in regional Queensland have priority given to indigenous people.
Community Solutions and Compass Group have a team in Mackay that rigorously sifts through their local jobseekers network. This year, they have employed 10 Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the mining roles.
Community Solutions Business Development Leader, Hayley Pinsent, believes that Compass Group, in tandem with Community Solutions, look forward to going their team in Mackay with new personnel.
“We really came together, pulled job seekers in and worked with Compass Group to upskill the workers, and helped them go through any medical screenings,” Ms Pinsent said.
Community Solutions was established in 1998, servicing the regional areas of Queensland, Victoria and South Australia in offering employment support, vocational training and social assistance to any backgrounds of people.
Community Solutions work within communities offering assistance ranging from NDIS schemes, youth support, disability support, apprenticeship training and many more.
If you would like more information on Community Solutions and see if they can help you or anyone you know with social and vocational support, please visit their website to contact the branch closest to you.