RECRUITMENT

Two years on from our first Reconciliation Action Plan

BY: Tracey Mesken29/01/2019

​Two years on from the original launch of our RAP and we have been able to achieve our initial goals, targeting relationships, respect, opportunities, and tracking and progress. Through numerous trainee programs that we have run across Australia with several major companies, we have been able to increase our Indigenous workforce by 265%WorkPac and JobTrail proudly launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2017, following an extensive consultation between members of our executive team and Traditional Owners and Indigenous leaders, including Albert Bowie and the Bowie family.We built our RAP around a vision to help create and advance strong, inclusive communities involving all Australians through active promotion of the benefits of increasing Indigenous employment and training participation, heightening cultural awareness and building mutually respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.VIEW OUR 2017-2019 RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN HERE >>> ​​With so many of WorkPac’s 40+ business centres based in regional and remote Australia, we feel we have a greater responsibility when it comes to providing employment, education and training opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the communities we operate in.Two years on from the original launch of our RAP and we have been able to achieve our initial goals, targeting relationships, respect, opportunities, and tracking and progress. JobTrail and the WorkPac Group have been able to build strong relationships with Traditional Owner groups across Australia, which has both helped us in providing employment opportunities to Indigenous Australians and in building support systems for those employees.​“WHEN THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS TALK ABOUT JOBS, THEY TALK ABOUT JOBTRAIL. THAT’S WHO WE WANT TO WORK WITH!”– GRAHAM SAUNEY (UNCLE COOKIE)TRADITIONAL OWNER WIDI & BARADA BARNA –​Through numerous trainee programs that we have run across Australia with several major companies, we have been able to increase our Indigenous workforce by 265%. We have also engaged consistently with WorkPac employees over the past two years sharing our joint commitment on our reconciliation journey, providing tools such as cultural awareness training to build further education and understanding across the business.​“KOINMERBURRA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE JOBTRAIL, SAMUEL, MIDDLEMOUNT SOUTH AND THE PARTICIPANTS ON THE SUCCESS OF YOUR PROGRAM AND CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR PEOPLES AND COMMUNITIES. WE WISH YOU ALL WELL IN YOUR FUTURE ENDEAVOURS AND FUTURE PROGRAMS.”– DIRECTORS OF KOINMERBURRA ABORIGINAL CORPORATION –​Since launching the RAP, we have also been finalists in a number of Reconciliation and Diversity Awards. In 2017 we were highly commended at the Queensland Reconciliation Awards, and in 2018 we were runners up for the ‘Best Company Indigenous Employment and Training Initiative Award’ at the Queensland Resources Council Indigenous Awards, and finalists for the ‘Excellence in Diversity Programs & Performance’ at the 2019 Resources Awards for Women.… “[THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES] MENTORSHIP, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE THAT THE STUDENTS WILL TAKE AWAY WITH THEMFOR LIFELONG LEARNING. IT ALSO PROVIDES BHP WITH FANTASTIC EMPLOYEES FOR THE FUTURE.”– BARBARA SHEEHYBHP SPECIALIST INDIGENOUS EMPLOYMENT -​We are proud of what has been achieved so far, but there is still a long way to go. We look forward to continuing our involvement in events such as NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week, as well as launching our next RAP in early 2019 and continuing this journey.To learn more about how we can partner with you to help increase the diversity and inclusion in your workforce talk to us today.Call: 1800 255 472Email: info@jobtrailatsi.com.auFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/JobTrailATSIAlso, check out our related post on https://www.workpac.com/blog/diversity-in-the-workforce/

How the right mindset and attitude can lead to a permanent role at Rio Tinto

BY: Tracey Mesken26/11/2018

​WorkPac would like to congratulate Marley, one of several WorkPac employees at the Mesa A site who have gone permanent with Rio!​In late 2017 WorkPac and JobTrail underwent a recruitment drive in the Pilbara region focused on offering young Indigenous job seekers who were interested in mining a pathway into the industry. Marley was part of a Robe Valley assessment centre run by the JobTrail team where he was a standout candidate and landed a role as a trainee operator on site at Mesa A.Throughout his entire traineeship Marley’s work performance has been of the highest level and he has been a great team player. Our Site Manager for Mesa A, Kath Collins, caught up with Marley’s Supervisor Dean to learn more about what earned him a permanent position.“Marley is a positive young guy. He is a very productive worker and is always the first to put his hand up for other jobs when the trucks are down. He is a real go getter of a young bloke, and that is why we progressed him. Everyone in the team speaks highly of him. I am confident that Marley will be a great asset to our team and will go a long way with Rio Tinto” he said.When asked what advice he would give to other young people looking for a career in mining, Marley emphasised the importance of keeping a good attitude on site.“Definitely, the number one thing is to have a good attitude. Don’t let the information overload get to you or overwhelm you at first- because there is so much to learn! … There is a lot of adjusting to do at first, but ease into it and be willing to keep an open mind about it all. Be willing and eager to learn, be flexible, and give everything a go!”Kath also spoke with Marley about the best parts of the job, who spoke highly about the Mesa A site and crew.“I would have to say the People, I work with a great bunch of people who make it enjoyable to come to work and catch up. Mesa A is a great Site. The crews are pretty small, so you get to know everyone really well, and feel part of a close team. I felt part of the team from the moment I got out here. Finally, it is a great learning environment, there is always something new learn, and Mesa A and the managers are really encouraging of that”Marley is a fantastic example of how the right attitude and mindset can lead to great things, and a great role model for all those looking to crack into the industry. We would like to wish him the best of luck as he continues his mining career with Rio Tinto- we’re sure he’s going to go far!

WorkPac Has Proudly Returned to Kalgoorlie

BY: Tracey Mesken01/11/2018

​WorkPac are proud to be re-opening our doors in Kalgoorlie for the first time since 2012.​WorkPac’s Business Centre Manager for Kalgoorlie, Mr. Andrew Zafer, said the move was facilitated by a recent shift in the metal market.“We’ve been anticipating this boom for a while as rare earths generally follow the same pattern as Iron Ore, which has been starting to thrive again after winding back a bit over the past few years.”“We’re working predominately in the mining sector, but we’re also recruiting for waste management and a variety of trades roles including boilermakers, fitters, electricians, poly welders, drillers and driller offsiders”“We also have roles ranging from Fixed Plant and Loader Operators to administration staff, so I’d encourage anyone looking for work in the area to get in touch with the team about what’s available.”“Being the flagship business centre for Kalgoorlie, the office has been recently refurbished and we’re extremely proud of the space we’re working in.”“We’re in a fantastic, central location in town, so we’re very easy for locals to find” he said.WorkPac is well established in Western Australia, having opened our first business centre in Perth in 1997: since then we have opened an additional eight business centres in the State.With the reopening of Kalgoorlie, Mr. Zafer says the company will be further expanding services to both job seekers and clients in WA.“WorkPac already widely operates across Western Australia with Business Centres in Bunbury, Karratha, Newman, Perth, Port Hedland, Rockingham and Tom Price, and we look forward to continuing this work in Kalgoorlie”.“It’s also very important to us to contribute to the communities we operate in, and we’re excited to start reintegrating with the Kalgoorlie community”“We’ve hired a close-knit team to begin with, and we encourage those living within the region to get in touch with us.”WorkPac Kalgoorlie is located at Unit 2, 118 Brookman Street, Kalgoorlie, WA 6430, and is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.Local job seekers and employers seeking workers in the Kalgoorlie region are encouraged to visit the office or call the team on 08 9099 9322.

WorkPac opens a new recruitment office in Perth as their work with Rio Tinto continues to grow

BY: Tracey Mesken24/10/2018

​Previously working from the Perth office, WorkPac’s Rio Tinto Project Services team have moved to their own space.​Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company WorkPac have opened their second office in Perth, the city where they opened their first business centre in 1997.The second office is dedicated to WorkPac’s Rio Tinto Project Services team, who manage recruitment for Rio Tinto Iron Ore.The Project Services team was created in 2017 as a dedicated team servicing Rio Tinto and have since shared an office space with the Perth Business Centre, but as both those teams have continued to expand the need for a new location became apparent.Business Centre Manager for Project Services, Mr. Dennis Blewitt, said the move is telling of how far WorkPac has come since it was first founded.“Perth is the city where WorkPac was founded, and now 21 years and over 40 business centres later, it’s a proud moment for everyone that we’re opening our second office here.”“It’s also an especially proud moment for myself and my team, as a reflection of all the hard work we’ve put in over the past year.”“This move is not only going to give us the space we need now, but room to continue to grow in the future.”“Having our own space separate from the Perth office is also going to make it easier for candidates to find us for interviews and training”.Mr Blewitt is looking forward to continuing working with both Rio Tinto and job seekers in WA.“We’re very fortunate to have Rio as one of our major clients, and our partnership will continue to focus on finding great roles for great people with an Australian icon”.“I look forward to continuing to provide them with the best service possible”.The new office is in the same building as the Perth Office at 31 Ventnor Avenue in West Perth, with the Perth team being located on level 3 and the Project Services team on the ground floor.Those looking for work with Rio Tinto in the region can get in touch with the team at riojobs@workpac.com or by calling 1300 498 559.Anyone seeking staff in the Perth Region is encouraged to check out our page on Recruitment in Perth

WorkPac's Guide to Coal Mining for Operators

BY: Tracey Mesken17/10/2018

​Are you an experienced Operator looking for work in Coal Mining? Check out our infographic below for information on where the roles are, the qualifications needed, and what recruiters look for.For information on Entry Level Operator roles, stay tuned for our next post over the coming weeks.​​​Be sure to stay tuned for our upcoming posts on Entry Level Coal Mining roles and the types of machinery used on coal sites!You can check out our available roles here or contact your nearest office here

WorkPac are finalists at the 2018 Seek Annual Recruitment Awards

BY: Tracey Mesken05/10/2018

​WorkPac are one of five finalists for Large Recruitment Agency of the Year at the 2018 Seek Annual Recruitment Awards (SARA).Australia’s largest privately-owned recruitment company WorkPac are thrilled to have been announced as finalists for this year’s SEEK Annual Recruitment (SARA) awards.The SEEK Annual Recruitment Awards are acknowledging the innovative people and agencies pushing for excellence in the recruitment industry.The awards recognise the work of industry leaders and best practice, as chosen by an expert panel of judges.WorkPac’s Managing Director, Mr. Praanesh Prasad, is thrilled about the nomination.“We’ve been told SARA received a record number of submissions this year, so we’re honoured to have been announced as finalists.”“The best large recruitment agency of the year award focuses on recruitment companies with more than 50 recruitment consultants, who have demonstrated a valued and inclusive culture, innovation, growth, candidate engagement and contribution to the recruitment industry”“These are goals that everyone in Recruitment should be striving towards, so to be nominated for demonstrating those makes me extremely proud to be part of this organisation.”“I’d like to extend my congratulations to the fellow nominees, as I know it is hard work and commitment that has led them to this.”“To be recognised by a panel of independent recruitment experts alongside other fantastic organisations within our Industry is a huge honour, and I know whoever receives the award on the evening will be deserving.”“SEEK is the global leader in the creation and operation of online employment markets and I’m looking forward to hearing the award winners.”The SARA awards are being held at The Forum in Melbourne on Thursday the 15th of NovemberFor more info head to their website.

Finding a job with WorkPac: Part Two

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​If you haven’t already, make sure you check out Part One of this post, where we covered the registration process, and the best way to search for roles. For Part Two we’ll be covering the application process and how to set up a Job Alert.*Preparing for your next job interview​Your job alert is separate to your myworkpac account, so you will need to begin by setting that up.​Now that you have an account, it’s time to start setting up your alerts. You create a job alert directly from the from the Job Alerts page, or you can set one up while doing a job search. Here, we’ll demonstrate how to do both.​​

Finding a job with WorkPac: Part One

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​Interested in finding a job through WorkPac but not sure where to start? To make it simple, we’re going to walk you through the process of registering via our website, and the best way to use our job search to find the right role for you. So follow these steps to success!Before you can apply for a role through us, you will need to first register your details and experience via our website here. You can also register from our homepage anytime by selecting the icon from the right hand side:The more complete your profile with us is, the better the chance that you will show up when recruiters are searching for candidates. So complete these steps to stand out.​Now that the basics are in, you also have the option of adding your work history, preferences and documents. These steps aren’t necessary but they are recommended, as the more detailed your profile is the better your chances of standing out.Remember that filling out these details doesn’t guarantee a job. See our job search for the next steps.Once your profile is complete, you’re ready to search for jobs! We’ve set up our job search to make it easy for you to specify what you’re looking for. It’s not necessary to fill out all the fields provided, but the more you input the more specific your results will be.​You have a quick search bar on workpac.com:​Or, you can complete our advanced search​Since you already have an account with WorkPac, you’ll already be set up to easily apply for any of these roles!Now that you’re registered with WorkPac and know the best way to use the job search, stay tuned for Part Two of this post, which covers the application process and how to set up a job alert.

Get a range of employee benefits through WorkPac’s myrewards platform

BY: Tracey Mesken27/08/2018

​Last year we made the decision to expand upon the employee benefits we offer with the introduction of the myrewards platform, available to those who currently work for us or have worked with us previously.The myrewards platform offers discounts and assistance for a range of products including Financial Services, Health and Life Cover, Superannuation and Telco, in addition to a massive range of retail discounts.Interested? Keep reading to find out what we offer and how WorkPac employees can get access. To learn more about WorkPac’s employee benefits, head here.FINANCIAL SERVICES – BANKING WITH WESTPACYou can get access to deals on a wide range of Westpac products, including:• Open a Westpac everyday banking account with no monthly account fee• Apply for a credit card online in 10 minutes and receive a response in 60 seconds + get a low rate credit card with no annual fee in the first year when applying on the Workplace banking webpage• Get 50,000 bonus rewards points on Altitude Platinum cards and 100,000 bonus reward points on Altitude Black cards• 10% off annual premium on home and contents insurance for existing homeowners when buying online• Great home loans with a special offer $1250 rebate​HEALTH COVERSpecialists that can assist you by comparing hundreds of policies to help find you the best one.LIFE COVERTo get started on the right track, you can quickly and easily calculate how much cover you’ll need. Once you have an idea of the cover level, advisers can help you choose the insurance best suited to your needs.​​TELCOThrough Optus Employee Advantage, you can get 10% off for a range of services including SIM only plans, phones with plans and broadband internet, giving you a yearly discount of anywhere between $35-$348 depending on the plan you choose.SUPERANNUATIONFind and consolidate your super into one platform, with the option of choosing which fund you would like it to go into, or they offer you three options depending on what you’re looking for – a low fees fund, an ethical fund or a customizable fund.​RETAILWe offer discounts from 2000+ retailers, including:• Up to 47% off movie tickets• 10% off at variety of retailers including Supercheap Auto, BCF, Rebel Sports and David jones• 5% off Coles, Target, Kmart, Dan Murphy’s, Caltex and more• 25% off glasses and sunglasses at specsaversIf you’re a current or former WorkPac employee and haven’t yet accessed the myrewards platform, follow the instructions below:​​We recruit for a range of both blue-collar and white-collar roles. If you’d like to find work through us and get access to this great range of benefits, there are some simple steps you should follow:Register your skills and experience on our website hereSearch and apply for relevant jobs hereGet in touch with your nearest WorkPac Business Centre, the full list of Business Centres can be found here

8 Ways to Build Relationships at Work

BY: Tracey Mesken10/04/2017

​When considering how much of the working week is spent with colleagues, it’s no surprise that one of the biggest causes of work-related stress is poor relationships.Taking steps to actively build rapport with work colleagues helps contribute to a harmonious work environment.Just like your personal relationships, nurturing healthy connections at work requires some consideration and effort. Here are eight everyday actions that can help.1. Be considerate of work spacesObserve how your colleagues work and be mindful, particularly when you have to share a space. You may enjoy background music but others may like to work in silence. Or perhaps reconsider your loud ring tone if you see the person sitting near you start to twitch every time you get a call.2. Always respondAcknowledge calls or emails from colleagues as much as you can, even if you are too busy to properly respond at the time. It doesn’t take much effort and is the polite thing to do. Talking face to face always helps strengthen a connection, so occasionally take the opportunity get away from behind your emails and respond directly or over the phone.3. Respect other people's timeEveryone is trying to juggle multiple priorities, so when asking for help with something, don’t blind side a colleague with unrealistic demands or timeframes. A genuine “thank you” is always appreciated so be sure to say it when due.4. Avoid the blame gameIf a project runs into a problem or a deadline isn’t met, resist the urge to blame someone outright. Passing the buck or singling someone out will alienate colleagues and won’t make you seem like a team player.5. Keep to your commitmentsQuite simply, if you say you’re going to do something, do it when you say you will. Set and deliver on expectations and communicate openly and in a timely manner if there are going to be delays. Don’t make people chase you for updates or results.6. Celebrate the success of your coworkersHow good do you feel when someone acknowledges your work or achievements? Do the same for your colleagues, no matter how big or small.7. Don’t let emotions get in the wayWhen you aren’t getting the results you need from a colleague, think before banging out a huffy email, CCing (or worse BCCing) in their manager and half the company along with them. A public email beating is a sure fire way to permanently damage relationships fast so be direct but courteous and keep emotions at bay. Use phone or face to face meetings for robust conversations to ensure nothing is lost in translation over email.8. Have a laughIt is easier to work with and navigate through issues with someone you can share a laugh and relax with. When your workload allows it, go to lunch with colleagues or take five minutes in your day to have an informal chat and connect over non-work related things.The saying “treat others the way you want to be treated” couldn’t ring more true in a workplace. By simply being respectful and having a positive attitude towards your colleagues, you can strengthen your relationships and contribute to a supportive work environment.

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