In the ever-changing realm of mining in Western Australia, remaining competitive and forward-thinking is vital for survival. Embracing international talent is a powerful strategy to achieve this, as it not only complements our local workforce but also propels us towards a brighter and more globally connected future.
Hiring internationally is often perceived as a potential danger to the livelihood of local workers. However, it is crucial to highlight that the purpose of bringing in talent from overseas is not to displace our local workforce, but rather cultivate a more diverse and vibrant atmosphere.
To gain a comprehensive understanding of how international recruitment impacts the Australian mining industry, let’s delve into five significant advantages you can expect to encounter.Fuelling innovation
When international employees join our team, they bring a breath of fresh air with their diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and innovative thinking. The fusion of these minds creates a powerhouse of innovation where new ideas flourish, creativity flows seamlessly, and problem-solving reaches unprecedented levels. By exposing our local talent to these fresh perspectives, we cultivate a culture of continuous learning and growth.Bridging the skills gap
It is well known that the mining industry faces a lack of skilled professionals in certain specialised roles. However, by harnessing the power of the global market, we can bridge this talent gap.Global Expansion Opportunities
Bringing in international talent can unlock opportunities in untapped global markets. They bring with them valuable networks and market knowledge. With their insights, we can explore new territories, create strategic partnerships, and extend our reach far beyond the Australian borders. Not only does this guarantee a thriving future but also launches exciting career opportunities for our local workforce.Enhancing work-life balance
With a more balanced workforce, our local employees can relish in the benefits of having more structured and manageable work schedules. As a result, they will have more time dedicated to precious moments with their families and loved ones, ultimately improving their overall well-being and job satisfaction.
Moreover, hiring talent from around the world is not about replacing our existing workforce; it’s about empowering it. It’s about fostering a culture of diversity, innovation, global thinking, and creating a sustainable employee-friendly environment that benefits everyone involved.
In recent months, Schlam has successfully gained DMW/POEA Accreditation to support Filipino skilled migrants. This is just one of many examples of how Schlam seeks ensure we comply with the standards, guidelines, and regulations to protect the rights and welfare of international workers.
One of Schlam's highly skilled international workers is Facewell, who joined the team 5 months after relocating to Perth from African, Zambia.
“Working with Schlam has been a wonderful experience! Schlam is a company that values their employee’s work-life balance and promotes a holistic person-centered approach to motivate one’s best work. Beyond all the amazing tangible company perks, the management team are the best in the industry and has entrusted me with responsibilities and helped me accelerate my growth in the industry as HD Mechanic."
"I am glad to have joined the team as it has brought so many opportunities and growth in my work career. I contribute positively to the growth and sustainability of the company and look forward to working more years to come with Schlam.” Facewell said.
By harnessing the power of international talent, we are securing a brighter future for West Australian mining, ensuring its vitality and sustainability in the years to come.