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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

SA program a winner

Story courtesy the Koori Mail

A PROGRAM designed to improve the success of Indigenous students in South Australia received national recognition at the 2017 Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) Industry Awards in Perth.

Heathgate Resources received the Indigenous Employment and Retention Award for its program, which aims to change future generations’ attitudes toward school and careers.

The company has a target of ensuring 20% of its employees are Adnyamathanha people from SA.

“Through its negotiated native title agreement, Heathgate acknowledged the shortage of potential candidates if the trend continued and were proactive in
ensuring sustainability and longevity of its workforce,” AMMA’s Tara Diamond said.

Heathgate developed its Aboriginal School Mentoring Program to provide a dynamic educational experience offering Aboriginal school students the belief and confidence to finish school along with the skills to identify career choices.

“The Heathgate program focuses on improving Indigenous students’ chances of finishing school and gaining a greater understanding of the opportunities
available for them by working in the resources industry,” Ms Diamond said.

“It’s important to have these types of programs which provide opportunities for students to work on their own land while gaining vital and interchangeable
skills for the future.”

Program partners include Career Employment Group (CEG), Port Augusta Secondary School and Nature Foundation SA.
Career guidance and mentoring, on-site work experience opportunities, and training and career opportunities all
form part of the program. An integral feature is a camp developing life and land management skills.

Students and staff in the Heathgate Resources Aboriginal School Mentoring Program.

The Koori Mail is a media partner of Show Me The Way.

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