Fortescue’s VTEC program celebrates another graduation in Port Hedland

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Six graduates from Fortescue Metals Group’s Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) program have been offered full time employment with the company after successfully completing the program at Port Hedland over a 12-week period.

According to Fortescue’s statement, the six VTEC graduates have secured full-time employment across the company’s Chichester Hub operations with the drilling, dewatering, process operations and mobile maintenance teams.

VTEC graduate and Nyamal man Alex Taylor has credited the program with changing his life and providing priceless memories as well as newly developed skills in mining.

“I’ve enjoyed every moment of being involved with VTEC and the opportunities I have been provided are invaluable,” Alex said.

“Bringing everybody together as a family is what the program does well – they make you feel welcomed and a part of a team and I have learned so many new skills that will help me in my new career.”

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, General Manager Chichester Hub Jay Natesan said VTEC was established to drive economic and generational change by providing training and employment pathways.

“VTEC provides Fortescue the opportunity to tap into pools of underdeveloped talent, providing opportunities to upskill through a unique program which guarantees a job following the completion of training,” he continued.

“Over the past three years since joining Fortescue, it has been fantastic to see so many of our graduates moving up the ranks to become fantastic leaders and supervisors.”

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