As an Indigenous organisation, Eastern Guruma is dedicated to providing employment, training and skills improvement to Indigenous people. Our Indigenous Training and Employment Policy outlines our commitment to Indigenous development within our business. Our success in partnering with other businesses to provide traineeships have led to long term careers for Aboriginal people within the civil and mining, landscaping, facilities management, drilling, telecommunications and pastoral industries.
In a partnership with JSW, Eastern Guruma employees have been undergoing a traineeship in Drilling Operations. This traineeship is open to Indigenous candidates who are provided with on the job training as a Driller’s Offsider whilst undergoing theory-based learning to complete their Certificate II and III in Drilling Operations. This traineeship has been in operation since 2013, with many Indigenous trainees now progressing to further roles within the Joint Venture’s drilling contracts.
Eastern Guruma, Visionstream Australia and Fortescue Metals partnered to train, mentor, educate and develop a team of two Eastern Guruma employees to become qualified telecommunications technicians. Once training was completed they were awarded their Certificate III in Telecommunications and were accredited as fibre optic technicians. Eastern Guruma is now undertaking a contract to providing telecommunications maintenance services for Fortescue Metals at Solomon Mine.
Eastern Guruma operators have undergone training to improve their qualifications as Heavy Vehicle Operators. Operators at the Solomon Road Maintenance and Resource Development Earthworks contract completed theory-based training to give them a Certificate II and III in Surface Extraction Operations.
Training has been undertaken by supervisors to improve their management skills by completing a certificate IV in Frontline Management. Topics covered in this training include communication with team members and management, being a role model for teams, developing techniques for problem solving, identifying opportunities for improved work practices, preparing work plans and budgets, and mentoring and coaching team members.