Steve McCallister, Aunty Denise Huet and Mathew McSweeney with some of the trainees.
Steve McCallister, Aunty Denise Huet and Mathew McSweeney with some of the trainees.

Boost for Indigenous employment

LAST Wednesday, one of the world’s leading companies in conformity assessment and certification services launched its first ever Indigenous Employment Program at the Emerald Town Hall.

Bureau Veritas is a global leader built on a foundation of more than 180 years experience.

Bureau Veritas Australia chief executive Steve McAllister said it was fitting to launch the inaugural program in Emerald due to the level of interest shown from the region, especially from candidates.

Four created job roles have been filled in the Bowen Basin and eight out of 10 training positions so far created were in Central Queensland, Mr McAllister said.

“This is the first step in the organisation’s commitment to making its contribution to real and sustainable positive change for Australia’s Indigenous people,” he said.

“The IEP has been put in place to enable employment and career enhancement opportunities for indigenous communities in the regions where we operate across Australia.”

Mr McAllister said the company’s focus was now on building a great start to the IEP by continuing to establish employment, education and training opportunities for Indigenous people, so they could share in the company’s growth and success.

“We are committed to building a culture internally of respect for the values, beliefs, culture and heritage of our indigenous people,” Mr McAllister said.

Bureau Veritas Australia employs 240 people across the Central Queensland region.

The company will launch a cultural awareness program offered to all its staff within the next 12 months.

The group operates in 140 countries through a network of 930 offices and 330 laboratories and directly employs over 50,000 people and has a portfolio of over 400,000 customers.

The program has filled four out of 10 job roles and placed eight Indigenous students in TAFE training courses relevant to businesses needs, Mr McAllister said.


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