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Peabody achieves 100% retention rate from Indigenous trainee group

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Peabody has announced a 100% retention rate from its latest Indigenous trainee group as they work towards transitioning to full time operators later this year, said the Queensland Resources Council (QRC).

QRC Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane, welcomed the announcement: “Peabody understands the value of a diversified workforce and is committed to working with Indigenous communities to develop pathways for Indigenous women and men into our sector.”

“Queensland’s resources sector is providing more jobs and opportunities for Indigenous Australians. The State’s Indigenous population is 4% and current census data shows the sector’s Indigenous participation has grown to 4%, which places the sector as one of the few industries with a genuine representation.

“I am proud to be part of an industry that provides careers, not just jobs, for Indigenous Queenslanders.

“Across Australia, mining was acknowledged in the Closing the Gap report this year with 6599 Indigenous Australians employed by the mining industry which is an increase of 250% since 2006.

“Our sector’s strong commitment to increase Indigenous participation and retain Indigenous talent was highlighted at this year’s QRC Indigenous Awards night. Not only did we have a record number of people attend and record sponsorship – nominations were the highest in the events 5-year history.”

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