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The sky is the limit

Shania Kelly joined Nickel West’s Mount Keith nickel mining operation as a trainee truck operator in July 2019, and in just a few short months has made a big impression on her supervisors and crew - embracing the FIFO lifestyle and her role with enthusiasm.

As a young female from the Tjiwarl community in the Northern Goldfields of Western Australia, Shania is a brilliant example of how diversity is enriching teams at Nickel West.

“Being in a 793 truck for hours on your own sounds daunting, but for me it’s really enjoyable. It feels great to be a part of something big and I really love my job,” said Shania.

Shania has embraced her role and learned a lot in the few months she has been part of the Mount Keith mining team.

“I remember going down into the pit for the first time and it was unreal - looking up it almost seemed never ending.  Driving a truck for the first time was amazing. I thought to myself, ‘How am I going to drive this big machine?’. I was so nervous but really excited at the same time,” continued Shania.

“When I applied, I wasn’t sure if I was capable of doing this job - but you learn everything on the job. My advice is ‘don’t limit yourself’. 

"My supervisors are so great. They’re very understanding and patient. They’ve always reminded me that everyone starts somewhere. I can tell they want the best for me and for me to be the best version of myself as a truck operator. It’s comforting to know that they do care about the team.”

Shania’s supervisor James Grant said she is a great addition to the crew and everyone has supported her development.

“Since Shania joined us as a trainee dump truck operator, I have seen her grow from a shy young woman to a valued member of our team who strives for excellence in everything she sets out to achieve,” said James.

“She has brought a new dynamic to the team which is a great asset, not only to us as a crew but to BHP as a company,” he finished.

Well done Shania – the sky is the limit! Read more about BHP Nickel West’s landmark agreement with the Tjiwarl people in the Northern Goldfields here and listen to Leroy's story here.