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WorkPac announced as finalists for WIMARQ/QRC 2019 Resources Awards for Women

BY: Tracey Mesken08/03/2019

​The awards are being run by Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) and the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) in celebration of International Women’s Day.​WorkPac are proud to be attending the WIMARQ/QRC Resources Awards for Women as finalists for the Excellence in Diversity Programs & Performance award.The Women in Resources Awards seeks to recognise the individuals and organisations who are helping break barriers towards gender equality in the sector.Julian Genn, national manager for WorkPac’s Indigenous division JobTrail, said the nomination is the result of one of our more recent initiatives with a client.“The mining industry has been historically male dominated, with women only accounting for 15.7% of the workforce in Australia”“Alongside our internal goals as a business to rise above that average and deliver pathways for women to enter male dominated fields, we’ve also been fortunate enough to work with clients who are equally committed to fixing the gender disparity in the sector”“We are proud to be working with our clients to help them reach their gender equality goals”“To help them reach their goal we coordinated an all-female intake of twenty new to industry haul truck operators”“The JobTrail team were closely involved in the recruitment process, as all the candidates put forward were Indigenous”Mr. Genn, WorkPac, and the JobTrail team, are looking forward to attending the awards and meeting with the other nominees today.“Regardless of the outcome, being named as finalists is a positive indication that we are heading in the right direction towards our aim of creating a more fair and inclusive future”.“There are a lot of outstanding individuals and companies up for awards this year, in our category we are up against another client so I’m really looking forward to attending the breakfast and meeting the people leading change within our industry”The Resources Awards for Women are behind held on the 8th of March. For more information on the awards, head here.

Meet Kym, one of our dump truck operators at Clermont Coal

BY: Tracey Mesken01/03/2019

​Did you know that currently only 16.7% of those working in mining across Australia are female?​We know that’s a number that can and must be improved, which is why we’ve taken part in many initiatives with both our clients and independently to play our part in changing the industry, with our percentage of female employees in mining sitting above the national average at 21%.Mining has always had a pretty blokey image, however, the industry is starting to change. Each year the opportunities for women to build careers in the industry are increasing. One such woman is Kym, one of our employees out on site at Clermont Coal, who is not only a hard-working operator but a devoted mother. Kym’s site manager Samantha caught up with her to talk about working in the mines, and the key to balancing the job with parenthood.What is your background?After leaving school I spent a couple of years as an apprentice carpenter before moving into some sales positions. For the last 5 years I’ve focused on being a mum and being active in our local community with the local fire service and the SES.How do you balance being a mum and working on a mine site?The key is to focus on a plan and get organised. I have to meal prep a week in advance and be ready with school lunches. Letting go of the Mum guilt is the hardest, but I keep telling my girls and myself that my role in mining is benefiting our family and helps us afford the lifestyle we live and the holidays we take. With that, I’ve accepted that there will be good days and there will be bad days. We are very fortunate to have wonderful childcare- my mum looks after our children while we are on shift, so we know that they are in very capable hands. When I’m on night shift I will try to video call the girls before bed if my crib breaks line up. My mum is great for sending through photos and little updates during the day of what their up to as well! Then on days off we try to plan something special as a family to make up for the time away from them.How did you get your start in mining?I am lucky enough to live local and know quite a few people at Clermont coal. A very good friends husband handed my resume into the haulage superintendent at a time they were hiring greenies (new to industry). Within days I was lucky enough to get a call from WorkPac.What do you think are (if any) the main barriers are for women in mining, and how do you think they overcome the setbacks?I don’t believe there are any setbacks for women in mining. There are plenty of women on our site, from haulage, workshop, field maintenance and administration. Working your way to the top will not be an easy or a quick task, but that does not mean it cannot be done. So long as you focus on working hard and presenting yourself in a positive light to other people, you will have a good shot at successfully achieving everything that you want to in the mining world.What do you enjoy about work and why did you choose mining?I love coming to work each day, there hasn’t been a shift I haven’t wanted to be here. I get to be more than just mum. I get to drive 200 tonne dump trucks and get paid for it! Clermont isn’t really a huge place and jobs are very far between. My husband works at Clermont Coal, so does his brother, my sister and her husband, so I guess it’s the family tradition now.What is your 5-year goal?Our five-year goal is to still be here in Clermont and chipping away at those financial goals we set before moving here. I would love to be multi skilled on equipment by then and be part of the Emergency Response Team. One day I aspire to be a leader in our industry, showing women that anyone can do and be whatever they want.

Did you know that WorkPac provides an Employee Assistance Program?

BY: Tracey Mesken21/02/2019

​A confidential counselling service can help us to deal with issues we are experiencing and get us back to leading a happy and productive life at home and work, but what you may not know is that many employers have this service available and it is free to access.At WorkPac our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided through Gryphon Psychology.​So, what is an EAP?An EAP provides free, professional and confidential counselling services to assist you, your partner and any dependent children through both personal and work related problems, including:work pressure issuesemotional stress, anxiety, conflict, tension, and depressionchild and family issuesseparation, divorce, or relationship difficultieshealth and lifestyle issues (including drugs, alcohol and gambling)financial and legal referral.personal traumagrief and bereavementIs it confidential?YES.  Confidentiality is of the highest importance under the EAP program.  Absolutely no information can or will be passed to us or any other person without your written consent.  The only time information could be passed on without your consent is when the failure to disclose this information may place yourself or others at risk.Who can use this service and what does it cost?The EAP is a free service available for all WorkPac Group employees, partners and dependent children.What can I expect?A counselling session will normally last for around one hour.  Under your EAP you will have a limited number of sessions available to you.  Your psychologist will advise you more on this in your first session.  If further assistance is required your Gryphon Psychology will approach us for approval.  Alternatively, a referral may be made to a more specialised or long term assistance program.How do I access the service?To make an appointment call the 24/7 number 1800 056 076, and an appointment will be made with one of the Gryphon Psychology’s professionals in your area.  If you are unable to attend your appointment please provide 24 hours notice, failure to do this may mean one of your sessions will be deducted from your allocated amount.   

Make Sure You're Prepared This Cyclone Season

BY: Tracey Mesken18/02/2019

​Stay safe this cyclone season by making sure you’re well prepared and understand the processes to follow if a cyclone hits your area.  Keep reading for WorkPac’s full guide to cyclone season 2018/19.​Where can I get information?The main sources of cyclone information are radio and television stations. During a cyclone threat, some stations keep local staff on duty 24 hours a day to broadcast cyclone information. Because of the high chance of the power supply being disrupted, it is important to have a battery-operated radio to listen for cyclone advices.The Bureau of Meteorology provides the latest watches, warnings and supporting information on this website and through its telephone service.Bureau of MeteorologyAutomated Telephone Messages: Cyclone Advices (Watch/Warning):QLD: 1300 659 212NT: 1300 659 211WA: 1300 659 210Emergency services agenciesEmergency Management Australia: Emergency Response AssistanceWestern Australia: Department of Fire & Emergency Services (DFES) Cyclone action advicePhone: 132 500 (see local phone directory for regional offices)Northern Territory: Northern Territory Emergency Services ( NTES) Cyclone action advicePhone: 131 444Queensland: Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) Phone: 132 500 (see local phone directory for regional offices)NSW: State Emergency Service (SES)

The Dos and Don'ts of Interview Wear

BY: Tracey Mesken30/01/2019

​When it comes to a job interview, the first impression you make is crucial.In research conducted by Classes and Careers involving over 2,000 hiring managers, 33% said they know if they’ll hire someone within the first 90 seconds of an interview. One simple way to make a positive impression from the get-go is wearing the right outfit, so keep reading for our dos and don’ts of interview wear!​Do: tailor your outfit for the company/roleThe way you dress for the interview will depend on both the type of role you’re going for and the company you’re interviewing with.If you’re going for a professional role in an office environment, stick to business wear. However, if it’s for a role in a work environment with a less formal dress code, such as hospitality, retail, or trades, business casual will be suitable. Business casual is more flexible, but there’s a few basic rules you should follow: nice pants or a skirt, a nice practical shirt, and smart shoes.Do: wear appropriate footwearNo matter the role you’re interviewing for, leave the thongs and sneakers at home! For men, dress shoes or a smart pair of boots are the way to go. For women, a nice pair of shoes like loafers, heels or ballet flats are usually your best bet.Do: prepare beforehandYou should never leave it until the day of the interview to decide what you’re going to wear. Take the time a few days before (in case an item you want to wear needs a wash) to pick out an outfit.Don't: forget to iron!It’s one thing to have an outfit prepared for your interview, but always make sure you take that extra step and iron the night before if needed. If you’re rushing out the door on the day of the interview you may not get the time to do it, and crinkled clothing will make you look unprofessional.Don't: underdressIf you’re really not sure what to wear, remember that it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed! As a general rule, clothing such as singlets and shorts are too casual and won’t be considered appropriate interview wearDon't: forget basic grooming beforehandWhile wearing the right outfit is important in making a great first impression, also be sure that you’ve done any necessary grooming beforehand. Make sure that your hair looks neat and tidy and wear some perfume or cologne (just be sure not to use too much)!For more tips, check out our infographic which cover 34 crucial tips for your next job interview.

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/

Types of Machinery used in Coal Mining

BY: Tracey Mesken23/01/2019

​Coal mines across Australia rely on machinery and machinery operators to extract coal day in day out. Check out our infographic for a guide to some commonly used pieces of equipment including:Dump TrucksWater CartsGradersDozersExcavatorsShovels andDraglinesIf you are a mobile plant operator looking for work in mining check out our vacancies here.​

WorkPac's guide to nailing your next job interview

BY: Tracey Mesken21/01/2019

​You’ve put together your resume, you’ve applied for the job, and now you have the interview! But how do you get that interview to score you a job offer? Keep reading for WorkPac’s guide on nailing your next job interview.​Before the interviewMemorise the job descriptionThe job description tells you everything the employer wants and what the position requires, so the most important thing you can do before an interview is make sure you know the job description back to front. You should also be prepared to answer questions about how you’ll fulfil what they’re asking for with the role. For example, if they’re asking for someone who’s committed to safety, take the time before the interview to think of examples where you’ve demonstrated safe work practices. Being able to provide examples that demonstrate what the employer is looking for will help you stand out as a strong candidate.Do your researchShow that you’re passionate about getting the position by doing some research beforehand on the company you’re applying to work for. People want to hire someone who understands and cares about the company, so taking that extra time to do a bit of background research will send the right impression to a prospective employer.Show that you’re passionate about getting the position by doing some research beforehand on the company you’re applying to work for. People want to hire someone who understands and cares about the company, so taking that extra time to do a bit of background research will send the right impression to a prospective employer.Make sure you're preparedIn most cases you’ll need to bring and up to date resume along with you. The interviewer will also want you to bring any licenses/tickets/qualifications relevant to the role you’re applying for, so make sure you have all of this prepared in advance. Also spend some time the night before getting an outfit prepared so that you’re not rushing around in the morning trying to put something together. If you’re not sure what to wear, smart casual is usually the best way to go. Also plan out a travel route to the interview the night before and allow yourself some extra time just in case.During the interviewWatch your body languageBody language really affects how people form their first impressions of you, so make sure their impression is positive. Maintain a good posture from when you walk in the room to when you sit down, being sure to never slouch or slump. When you first meet the interviewer/s, give them a firm handshake and a smile, and be sure to make eye contact. You should also keep making eye contact throughout the interview and avoid looking down at the ground, as this will make you look timid - just don’t go overboard and stare at the interviewer the whole time!A lot of us also have little ticks and habits we fall into doing when we’re nervous, which can make you come across as restless, bored or anxious. If you have some of these habits, such as fidgeting with your hands, playing with your hair, or tapping your foot, just stay aware of them so you can catch yourself early.Be confidentMany people are scared to come across as confident in an interview in case it makes them look arrogant, but confidence is often the key to a great job interview. You don’t need to boast, but you should be able to speak about your skills, experience, and ability to succeed in the role with confidence.Always direct focus during the interview to your strengths rather than emphasising your weaknesses. Interviewers will often ask what you think those weaknesses are, so be sure to emphasise your willingness to learn and improve in any areas you’re not as confident in rather than talking yourself down. This will help you come across to the interviewer as confident and capable.  If you’re looking for advice on how to kick off your job search or writing a resume that stands out, be sure to check out all the posts on our blog!

Do you know the correct procedure to follow if you're injured on site?

BY: Tracey Mesken17/01/2019

​Injuries can and do happen in the workplace, so it is important that you are aware of and understand the correct procedure as well as your responsibilities should you be injured on site.​If an injury occurs, you are to notify both your site based supervisor and your WorkPac representative as soon as possible from the time of the injury but MUST be prior to end of shift.  Once you have reported the injury to us an incident investigation is completed as well as any appropriate Workers Compensation forms if applicable, without this you may not be paid. We have a responsibility to manage all injuries to our employees and cannot do this if we do not know about you being injured. Prompt reporting is vital.Depending on the nature of your injury you may be required to visit a WorkPac medical provider as well as rehabilitation.  The WorkPac Injury Management team will assist and manage you through this process.Below is a chart of the steps to be taking in the event of an injury:WorkPac is focused on Zero Harm, the safety of our people is our absolute priority.  To report an injury call us on 1300 967 572.

WorkPac's guide to kicking off your job search

BY: Tracey Mesken10/01/2019

​Are you looking for work or a change of job in 2019? Keep reading for our tips on what you need to know before you start your job search!For tips on getting your resume ready be sure to read our latest blog , and for advice on how to find a job with WorkPac check out these tips from our recruiter of the year.​*Links:Jobs on FacebookCareer Builder SurveyHow to change Facebook privacy settingsHow to control visibility on InstagramHow to protect tweets