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18 September 2017

Easternwell creates Indigenous career paths

Easternwell creates Indigenous career paths Easternwell is focused on creating sustainable career paths for Indigenous youth in its organisation as part of the Australian Government’s Indigenous Employment Parity Initiative (IEPI).

The IEPI, which is overseen by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, aims to improve social equality for Indigenous people through job creation. Organisations involved in the initiative collectively aim to employ and retain 20,000 Indigenous job seekers by 2020.

Cairns-based Easternwell employee, Horace Bowie, started with the company in March through the IEPI as a Leasehand to work on a well servicing rig in Eastern Queensland.

After being attracted by the work-life balance of a two-week-on two-week-off roster, Horace has been guided by our Indigenous Recruitment Team through the induction and his on-site rig manager and crew support him as he learns his role as a Leasehand.

Previously a plumber for 10 years, one of the challenges Horace faced was learning a different industry.

“My safety knowledge coming into this job was very different to my previous employment, due to the different work environment. Some of the skills and knowledge I’ve developed since I’ve worked with Easternwell is the strong importance of following safety policies and procedures.”

It is an industry that allows him to learn new skills and progress constantly.

“I have learned to use a wide range of different tools and equipment that I haven’t used before, and I have gained a broad understanding of how the well operates. I have also learned about different methods of servicing the well.”

Horace’s biggest motivation is his fiancé and children who he gets to spend two weeks with every fortnight.

“When I’m not on the rig, I fly back home to Cairns. On my down time I take my daughters out quad bike riding and like to go spear fishing. When I’m not out on the reef, I spend a lot of time catching up with family and cook up a big feed. To have two weeks off to spend with them is great.”

As a Broadspectrum subsidiary, Easternwell has an Indigenous employment rate of 4.5 per cent and commits to the Indigenous Employment Parity Initiative as part of the company’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

Easternwell is a subsidiary of Broadspectrum, specialising in providing drilling, well servicing and remote mobile camp management services to the mining, oil and gas industries. The company’s depth of expertise, experience and capability enables it to deliver a full service offering to clients, including logistics and facilities management, consulting, construction, care and welfare, operations and maintenance and business support services. The group’s capability is further enhanced as a Ferrovial company, a multinational infrastructure operator and municipal services company, committed to developing innovative and sustainable solutions.

Find out more at: www.easternwell.com.au | www.broadspectrum.com | www.ferrovial.com/en
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