DRA launches First Nations Traineeship Program in Australia

DRA Global and Bravus Mining and Resources are working together to accelerate the development, training, and employment of First Nations peoples in central Queensland.

DRA’s First Nations Traineeship Program will recruit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to critical mining roles that support the operations of the 10 million tonnes per annum Carmichael mine near Clermont.

DRA provides operations and maintenance services at the Carmichael Coal Handling and Preparation Plant facility (CHPP) where the high-quality thermal coal mined from the Galilee Basin mine is crushed, washed, and prepared for transport to nations around the world that want to lift their people out of energy poverty.

Bravus Mining and Resources Chief Operating Officer Mick Crowe said the new traineeship opportunities would prioritise Wangan and Jagalingou, Jangga, Birriah, and Juru Traditional Owners.

“Traditional Owner engagement and participation has been a key focus for our business since the earliest days of the Carmichael project,” said Mr Crowe.

“Programs like DRA’s First Nations Traineeship build on our Indigenous Land Use Agreements, Cultural Heritage Management Plans, and Indigenous Participation Plan to generate multigenerational benefits for Traditional Owners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Roles in the resources sector are often lifelong careers full of rewarding work and we’re excited about the journey these traineeships will begin for First Nations people in our community.”

The two-year Traineeship Program includes roles as a Coal Handling and Preparation Plant Operator, Site Administrator and Site Health, Safety and Environment Administrator. Recruitment of First Nations Peoples will be conducted regardless of age, gender, religion, or other demographic criteria.

DRA Senior Vice President Delivery for APAC Michael Carretta said the program recognised the value of cultural diversity and further increased inclusion within the mining industry.

“As a global multinational company, DRA is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities where we operate, employing local people to drive better economic outcomes and striving to leave a positive impact,” said Mr Carretta. 

“We are proud to partner with Bravus on this initiative to collectively strengthen our engagement with First Nations people in Australia.”

The program offers traineeships to become a Coal Handling and Preparation Plant Operator, a Site Administrator, or a Site Health, Safety and Environment Administrator. While the program prioritises applicants from our four local Traditional Owner groups, we welcome applications from Indigenous people right across Australia. 

Know someone who should apply? Contact us at apac.recruitment@draglobal.com to express your interest.

About DRA Global

DRA Global Limited (ASX: DRA | JSE: DRA) (DRA or the Group) is an international multi-disciplinary engineering, project delivery and operations management group, predominantly focused on the mining, minerals and metals industry.

The Group has an extensive track record spanning almost four decades across a wide range of commodities. We have delivered more than 8,000 projects, studies and managed services solutions, and currently operate more than a dozen sites through its operations and maintenance division.

Our teams have deep expertise in the mining, minerals and metals processing industries, as well as related non-process infrastructure such as, water, and energy solutions. We deliver comprehensive advisory, engineering and project delivery services throughout the capital project lifecycle, from concept through to operational readiness and commissioning as well as ongoing operations, maintenance and engineering services. We do this with a focus on sustainability and assisting clients to achieve their ESG goals.

DRA covers all major mining centres with offices across Africa and the Middle East, North and South America, and the Asia-Pacific.