Warehousing course enables Indigenous trainees to take stock of career

Monday, 11 November 2013

Warehousing-course-allows-Indigenous-trainees-to-take-stockA three-week warehousing course at Challenger Institute of Technology has provided 12 Indigenous people with the opportunity to take stock of their career and gain employment on the Chevron-operated Gorgon Project.

The entry-level warehousing skills course laid the foundations for participants to gain employment with the CB&I Kentz Joint Venture (CKJV), one of the Gorgon Project's largest subcontractors.

As part of the training, participants gained valuable training in forklift driving, construction and warehousing. Successful completion of the course was rewarded with a licence to operate a forklift truck, and competency statements in occupational health and safety, stocktaking, processing orders, basic computing and first aid and working safely in construction.

The participants are now undertaking receipting, controlling and dispatching of inventory at CKJV's work sites at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, and Kwinana.

Cody Robinson (18), of Atwell, described the course as an opportunity to further his career in the resources and construction industry.

"The Challenger lecturers were really helpful and the new skills give me the chance to take my career to another level," Cody said.

Aboriginal education, training and employment is a key focus area for both Challenger and the Gorgon Project, with each committed to providing meaningful opportunities for local Aboriginal people.

"Challenger Institute was proud to once again work with the Gorgon Project on the third Aboriginal work-readiness program, this time in warehousing skills.  The collaborative effort during the program design phase meant the high quality students selected were put through a very effective program to prepare them for a career pathway with CKJV," Craig Butler, program manager construction at Challenger said.

"At CKJV we are committed to advancing and developing indigenous employment through such initiatives.  With a large number of applications received, it was a difficult task to select the 12 students. We look forward to continuing to provide similar opportunities in the future," Nola Kelly, CKJV's community engagement and indigenous development manager said.

Challenger Institute works in close consultation with industry to equip employees with in-demand skills for construction projects in the oil and gas, mining and building industries. Training can be customised according to the needs of individual companies.

The Gorgon Project is operated by an Australian subsidiary of Chevron and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and Chubu Electric Power (0.417 percent).

PHOTO CAPTION: Cody Robinson (left, of Atwell) and Alex Robinson (of Carramar) completed the three-week warehousing course at Challenger Institute.

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