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Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy and Fertiliser leaders learn about Aboriginal culture and history

Wesfarmers Chemicals, Energy & Fertilisers (WesCEF) has made a commitment to building a talented and diverse workforce that is representative of the people who live in the communities where we operate.

WesCEF employs more than 1,400 people,  a large percentage of whom work at WesCEF sites in and around Kwinana in Western Australia. WesCEF is committed to connecting with the local Aboriginal community, implementing initiatives to increase sustainable opportunities and delivering cultural awareness training throughout our workforce.

From 2012, WesCEF executive leaders and senior managers engaged in two-day cultural awareness workshops designed to build appreciation of Aboriginal culture and history.  This year, the WesCEF Managing Director and senior managers were involved in delivering a one day cultural awareness workshop to the next tier of leadership. The workshop was designed to build capability in creating and  implementing sustainable training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people at WesCEF. These workshops were attended by 47 supervisors and team leaders.

In addition, 225 WesCEF team members completed half-day cultural awareness workshops during the year. Feedback on all these workshops has been very positive.

WesCEF’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Engagement and Employment Plan, published in 2013, records our commitment to creating Aboriginal training and employment opportunities within WesCEF.

We seek to engage with the Aboriginal community by building relationships; building respect and creating opportunities.  WesCEF has used a range of employment options to engage with Aboriginal people, including work experience, school-based traineeships, full-time traineeships, apprenticeships, fixed term contracts and full-time employment.