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HUMAN RESOURCES
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through the program. Recently
Marcus’ contribution to the
Company was acknowledged
with our Employee Recognition
Respect award.”
“And although from time to time
we have to cope with what we
call ‘wobbly wheel syndrome’,
which sometimes occurs when
the men make the challenging
transition from the cottages to
the outside world, generally
speaking the program is working
well,” said Andy. “Sometimes
they are young lads who just
need a second chance. They’ve
often lost everything – their
jobs, houses, even their families.
Without a job, they’re likely to
return to crime. If they can do the
hard yards with us, we can offer
them a good future.”
Program coordinator, the parole
officers and Bradken’s HR
Coordinator Andy Zantvoort
gives the participants the
structure, guidelines, flexibility
and empathy required to ensure
the arrangement has the best
chance of success.
According to Andy Zantvoort,
the program has been a good
source of reliable labour,
particularly while the men are
in the cottage accommodation.
“While not everyone has
worked out, we can report some
outstanding successes since
the start of our involvement in
the program around five years
ago. For example, Marcus King,
who is now the afternoon shift
Leading Hand, is a terrific mentor
for the younger men coming
BRADKEN’S ADELAIDE FOUNDRY
RECEIVES COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP
AWARD FROM STATE GOVERNMENT
Bradken’s open employment
policy means that anyone
who fits the work criteria
and is capable and willing to
work will be given a fair go.
For several years Bradken’s
Adelaide facility has been
putting the policy into practice,
providing nearly 70 prison
inmates with a second chance
through the Correctional
Services Pre-Release Program.
The Company’s effort was
recently recognised with a
Correctional Services Award
for Community Partnership.
South Australian Correctional
Services Minister Tom
Koutsantonis said Bradken
deserved public recognition
for giving a second chance
“to people who might not get
past the door of an interview”.
Adelaide’s Pre-Release
Program provides cottage style
accommodation, with day leave
to attend work or education
in the lead-up to their release
on parole. In the Bradken
case close liaison between
the Correctional Services
“SOMETIMES THEY
ARE YOUNG LADS
WHO JUST NEED A
SECOND CHANCE.
THEY’VE OFTEN
LOST EVERYTHING
– THEIR JOBS,
HOUSES, EVEN
THEIR FAMILIES.
WITHOUT A JOB,
THEY’RE LIKELY TO
RETURN TO CRIME.
IF THEY CAN DO
THE HARD YARDS
WITH US, WE CAN
OFFER THEM A
GOOD FUTURE.”
Bradken CFO Bruce Arnott with Marcus King
at the 2010 Bradken Recognition Awards.
10 YEARS
10 YEARS
Mr John Lang
Plasma Operator
Wear Plate & Block
Bassendean, AUS
Paul Nicholas
2IC and Tradesman Moulder
Wear Plate & Block
Windowie, AUS