18 January 2018
BHP Nickel West has long supported a program for young Aboriginal women from the Goldfields region of Western Australia to attend St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls in Perth.
Nickel West scholarship recipients Ammbigai Muir and Brohdi Woods were recently selected to take part in the Work Experience in Government Program, WEX 2017, which encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to explore their career horizons in government and Parliament.
The students spent the week meeting government ministers, attending interactive visits to the Australian Federal Police and Australian Defence Force, visiting national institutions, touring Parliament House, and attending a careers expo and forum.
Aside seeing the wealth of career opportunities available, Ammbigai said the most important thing she took away from WEX was pride.
“Be proud of who you are,” said Ammbi. “We went to the Tent Embassy to speak to some elders – it was an emotional experience.”
Nickel West would like to congratulate Ammbi as she readies herself to leave St Hilda’s. Ammbi has been offered a placement at the University of NSW in Sydney for a month-long program studying social work. Ammbi has also been offered an early entry into Curtin University of Technology in 2018.