Solid Opportunity

The Shire of Wiluna has a population of 706, of which 30.5% are indigenous.
In 2019, SO4 participated in three Community Expos to promote our employment
and training programs for regionally based community members. In 2020,
Aboriginal people represented 21% of the SO4 workforce across a broad
spectrum of roles, with 14 Aboriginal people engaged from the local Wiluna region.

SO4 is committed to providing Aboriginal contractors and businesses, in particular
Wiluna businesses with opportunities to participate in our supply chain. In 2020,
we engaged an Aboriginal business development consultant to identify potential
Wiluna based Aboriginal businesses and accompanying development strategies.

SO4’s Solid Opportunity Pathways (SOP) Program is a holistic career development
pathway that aims to maximise engagement and retention of local Aboriginal
people. The program is tailored to ensure that participants meet the minimum entry
level requirements of identified employment opportunities and have an opportunity
to develop a long-term career pathway with SO4.

The program includes:

  • Soft skills, such as health and well-being, financial literacy, resiliency and leadership
  • Hard skills, such as Verification of Competence assessments,
    and TAFE certification
  • Dedicated pastoral care
  • Ongoing health and well-being support
  • Licencing assistance
  • Family engagement
  • Literacy and numeracy support

All participants are guaranteed permanent employment opportunities on
successful completion of the program.

Cultural Inclusivity and Gender Statistics

At SO4, we believe in the power of diversity to add value to our business and are
committed to driving a workplace culture that practices and promotes diversity.
Diverse viewpoints are key to driving innovation and ensuring balance across the
different functions of our business. In 2020 SO4 had:

  • 18% aboriginal workforce
  • 14 local Wiluna people employed
  • 28% female workforce

Footnote: Ratios based on SO4 employees only