For global companies like Newmont, tapping into the local talent of the communities where we operate is a mutually beneficial way of way of ensuring our operations have the people power to meet our business goals while building the skills and economy of those communities. Local talent development and hiring contributes to the surrounding economy, improves socio-economic conditions for employees and their communities, and strengthens relationships and trust between the company and local stakeholders.
But we don’t just draw from local talent pools. We also help build them.
Through education and training programs created and led by Newmont, people in local communities near our mines have the opportunity to develop skills applicable to mining, as well as other industries.
At our Boddington, Australia, operations, for example, the Gnaala Work Ready Program provides training and work experience specifically for Gnaala Karla Booja and Noongar people seeking long-term, sustainable employment with Newmont. Over a 12-week period, participants complete modules toward a Certificate II Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation, while engaging in practical work experience in Boddington’s mining or processing departments. After completing their coursework and training, they have the opportunity to apply for a full-time traineeship in mining or processing at our Boddington gold mine.
2009 signing of Gnaala Karla Booja economic development agreement with Newmont Boddington Gold.
Early in 2013, Donna Beach, a Noongar woman living near our Boddington operation, decided to pursue employment opportunities at Newmont by enrolling in the Gnaala Work Ready Program. Having studied Art and Design at Curtin University in Western Australia and after holding a number of education-related jobs, she was ready for something new. As the mother of four children, she knew the three-month program would involve some sacrifice, but was confident the rewards would be worth it.
She was right. After graduating from the program, Donna launched a full-time career at Newmont where she now drives massive Caterpillar 793 dump trucks.
“My husband, children and extended family continue to be proud of what I have achieved,” Donna said. “I am a role model among family, friends and the community. Permanent employment and a regular income has not only provided increased financial security, it has also had an amazing impact on my self-confidence and self-esteem.”
The Gnaala Work Ready Program and similar initiatives in other countries and communities also have a positive impact on Newmont. They enable us to develop a more diverse team and talent pipeline, and a more inclusive workplace. By helping to enhance the talent pools in nearby communities, Newmont aims to increase indigenous employment at our operations. In Australia, for example, we are working to increase representation of indigenous peoples to 10 percent and 15 percent of the total workforce, respectively, at our Boddington and Tanami sites by 2018.
Newmont is committed to building shared value through direct and indirect employment and skills development. Through the Gnaala Work Ready Program and various other Newmont-led career and vocational training programs, we hope to continue attracting and engaging local talent to build a more diverse workforce and a more inclusive culture.