Last month, 22 trainees graduated from BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal's (BMC) Indigenous Traineeship program.
Delivered in partnership with Mickala Mining, the program helps trainees obtain a nationally accredited RII20213 Certificate 2 in Surface Extraction following a structured training criteria of core and elective training units.
To celebrate their graduation, trainees attended a dinner hosted by Mickala Mining in Mackay, where the night was spent reflecting on their journey including a 'Day in the Life of a Miner" through to graduation.
Jayson Smeeton, Principal Transition BMC Poitrel Mine, who helped establish and deliver the program, said the traineeship gave participates the opportunity to finish with a fantastic qualification and potentially change their lives.
"As well as supporting our community and creating an inclusive and diverse workforce at BMC, it can also change the lives of Indigenous people from the communities where we operate," Jayson said.
"It was fantastic to see our trainees grow and build on their skills throughout the traineeship and we are extremely proud to be a part of this program."
"I would also like to acknowledge Mickala Mining's passion and commitment during the recruitment process as they have worked tirelessly to ensure the best outcome for our trainees."
The program has now seen 25 trainees commence their traineeship with a further 12 due to start in July 2018.
Great work BMC!