Ngarda Civil & Mining (Ngarda) was formed in 2001 after the acknowledgement of its members; Henry Walker Eltin, the Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu Foundation and Indigenous Business Australia, that there was a perception by the mining and construction industries that Indigenous people were generally lacking in the skills and training necessary to meet the industries' needs. In March 2006 Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd acquired the shares previously owned by the HWE Group.
Ngarda is dedicated to the employment, training and total integration of Indigenous people within its operations. The company provides access to training opportunities enabling employees to gain the skills and experience to develop their abilities, progress within Ngarda and achieve broader benefits in their lives.
In accordance with Ngarda's Indigenous Employment Policy, the company's workforce must consist of a minimum of 85% Indigenous personnel, preferably recruited from local Indigenous communities.
Currently some 140 Indigenous personnel are employed at three significant projects, Finucane Island Plant, Nelson Point and Ore Body 29/30 for BHP Billiton Iron Ore at Port Hedland & Newman, and the Robe River Mine for Rio Tinto's Pilbara Iron at Pannawonica & West Angelas).
In November 2004 NNYF, with joint venture partners Parson Brinkerhoff (PB), Wunan Foundation (East Kimberley) and Nyaarla Projects were successful in winning the contract for the management and coordination of the repair and maintenance of water supply, sewerage and power supply, and a capital works program to remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.
The Foundation will play an important part in the delivery of essential services to communities in the Pilbara region.
The participation of the Foundation in key support roles in the RAESP will achieve breakthrough improvements in responsiveness to community issues and concerns with regards to the services PB provides.
Getting the best from talented people begins with a well-crafted recruiting strategy to attract indigenous individuals with the capacity for success. It also takes reliable, accurate assessment and methodologies. And it requires effective solutions to engage, develop and retain people, under-scored by a commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Ngarda Ngarli Yarndu Foundation Inc. and Hudson Global Resources have formed an Alliance to help clients get the best from talented indigenous people for their contract, consulting and direct roles. From single placements to total outsourced solutions, Hudson translate human capital strategies into practical actions and measurable results.