21 June 2022
BHP is proud to announce our BHP FutureFit Academy took home the bronze award in the World Federation of Technical Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Awards for Excellence alongside its partner training organisations CQUniversity and North Metropolitan TAFE.
Recognised in the top three on the world stage out of over 100 nominations for its contribution to Indigenous Education, this is a phenomenal achievement for the BHP FutureFit Academy.
Today, the BHP FutureFit Academy has welcomed more than 590 students with more than 80 per cent women and over 20 per cent Indigenous learners, and over 220 graduates.
The Academy attracts more Indigenous individuals into education through the proximity of training centres to local communities, a holistic curriculum specially designed for new to industry people, and the inclusion of sessions dealing with culture, capability and life skills. This is supported by our partnerships with CQU and NMTAFE who offer students weekly support sessions with face-to-face interactions, support in literacy and numeracy, Indigenous support and access to library resources.
The WFCP Award ceremony was held in Spain, recognising leading practices and achievements across global technical colleges and polytechnics. Bringing diverse people into the VET sector is a global issue and BHP’s Future Fit Academy is making a difference with our partners to make the world a better place.
Michelle Gibson, Head of Learning and Development, is immensely proud to see the team recognised for all their hard work and commitment.
“When first establishing the BHP FutureFit Academy, we set out to dream big and think differently. This award is a testament to how far we have come, as a team of learners – both past and present,” Michelle said.
“Our goal was to develop an inclusive learning environment where students and leaders would feel welcomed and supported.
“Two years later, we are seeing greater retention and these results are testament to the strength of the BHP FutureFit Academy’s program and its focus on a supportive culture and developing career pathway.”
Read more about BHP’s FutureFit Academy.