Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Veterans’ Employment

Chris Mayfield OAM has not lost one piece of this commitment to service or commitment to those he now leads, he has simply transferred those values to Fortescue Metals Group (FMG). At FMG, Chris determined that given veterans’ base skills, FMG would only need only a short program (the Rapid Trades Upskilling Program) to qualify them to operate safely and productively in a resources environment.

Chris has liaised with managers and built an understanding of capability and skills shortfalls and influenced strategy that would see veteran skills and values fill those gaps. Chris has gone above and beyond in many cases to ensure that veterans have been offered employment as part of a program which is well supported by the business and is continuing to expand. Feedback on the skills, attitudes and contributions of the veterans has been outstanding.

The ongoing effect of Chris’s commitment to veterans is extraordinary. Chris has influenced FMG to engage 54 veterans and climbing and the investment made by FMG to achieve this is exceeding $10,000,000 per annum. The program went from being an idea to a reality in a very short space of time and it is his agility and drive for results which sets Chris apart.

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