Strong remote workforce needs 'creative approach' 

Regional Director of Newmont Australia, Environment and Social Responsibility, Christine Charles will be a presenter at the upcoming Charles Darwin Symposium

Attracting and keeping a sustainable workforce in rural and remote Australia presents challenges that require companies to apply new thinking and creative solutions.

Some of these creative approaches will be outlined by the Regional Director of Newmont Australia, Environment and Social Responsibility, Christine Charles, in her presentation Regional and remote employment - seeking to celebrate success at the Charles Darwin Symposium on 28 September.

Ms Charles has extensive experience in a number of sectors, having worked at senior levels in government, for the World Health Organisation internationally, for NGOs and as an academic.

“Newmont Australia is a leading United States-based gold mining company which has developed our own thinking in regard to employing people from diverse backgrounds,” Ms Charles said.

”This presentation will discuss some of the lessons we have learned in addressing Indigenous employment. In addition we will look at the challenges associated with women in the mining sector and attracting and keeping older workers.”

In 2003 Ms Charles worked for the World Health Organisation as a senior consultant based at the International Centre for Health Systems Development, Kobe, Japan.

Ms Charles’ presentation will form part of the free public forum titled A Skilled Workforce for Regional and Remote Australia: Keeping, Attracting, Training. The forum is designed to generate discussion and debate about the ideas of workforce development, with a keen eye on various existing and future alignments of people, skills, work, structures and place.

The Symposium will run from 8.30am to 5pm on Friday, 28 September at CDU’s Alice Springs campus and is open to members of the public. Entry is free.

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