Enriching the future for Indigenous job seekers

A partnership between MatchWorks and Amaroo Mining has transformed the lives of five job seekers, while helping the majority Indigenous-owned concrete company find the right people for the business.

Respecting the land and people

Founded in 2019 by father and son team Lennie and Clint Ross, Amaroo Mining has a strong connection with Country. The Aboriginal word Amaroo means “a beautiful place” and aligns with the company’s values of zero harm to people, property and the environment.

“The company has a strong focus on providing training and support for local Aboriginal people to enable them to gain skilled employment in the mining and construction industry,” Amaroo Mining CEO, Clint Ross said.

“We provide opportunities for Indigenous workers by upskilling and providing on the job training. We also engage with leading contractors for the provision for civil works in the Kimberley and Pilbara, and are proud to be a part of the Supply Nation directory as a verified Indigenous business.”

Finding the right people for the job

MatchWorks Employment Consultant, Gary Van Vliet met Clint during his previous career in the mining industry. Gary relied on this experience and his years in Indigenous recruitment to connect the right candidates to the business.

“Through our partnership with Amaroo, I’ve successfully placed six Indigenous candidates, five are still there,” Gary said.

“They are all on ongoing contracts. One candidate has been working there for over a year. Before he was living out of his car, now he’s earning six figures. Importantly, they feel valued and are seen as reliable team-members by the business.”

Clint said Gary understands who will be a good fit in the company and has made sure the new employees have the right training, skills and requirements for the roles.

“It’s hard work, 70-85 hours a week, seven days so we need people who can cope with the pressure and the socialising with the people they work with after hours and then get up and do it all again,” Clint said.

“It’s very intense so Gary makes sure he sends us people who can cope with the lifestyle. Like our water cart and roller operator who is in her late fifties and was previously underemployed. Now she has secure work and has received great feedback from our client on her work and positive attitude.

“We’re looking forward to continuing the  collaboration to further our growth as an Indigenous company.”

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