IBN Services: Jobs and training for IBN people
IBN Services was established in 2013 to provide job preparation and training opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Pilbara. It has since developed into a major part of IBN’s broader strategy, delivering on social outcomes and realising the parallel objective of financial sustainability.
This year, IBN Services has experienced rapid growth. The crew has grown from five in 2013 to 17 crew members in 2016. IBN Services now offers employment and skills in horticulture and general maintenance services through the Pilbara’s only Indigenous owned and operated native plant nursery. IBN Services employees are provided with structured training and practical skills as well as enrolment in nationally recognised qualifications, licences and workplace tickets.
In 2015, IBN Services expanded to deliver residential and commercial landscaping, reticulation services, general non-licensed building maintenance and refurbishment works. With contracts to supply more than 180,000 native seedlings, the nursery has been expanded to include a new ‘hardening’ area for the seedlings to catch the full sun, with over 120,000 plants currently in stock.
IBN Services have been working on numerous new contracts including the Port Hedland International Airport Garden Upgrade, which will provide native plants for expansion works around the airport and the potential development of a native garden at the Port Hedland Fire Station and a garden maintenance contract for properties owned by the Water Corporation.
IBN have started two new ventures to provide members with more opportunities to learn work ready skills. IBN Services have started making furniture with help from furniture designer, Andrew Christie. The crew are recycling wooden pallets into stylish ‘pallet furniture’ that is becoming increasingly popular in cafes and homes. IBN Services Project Manager, Evelyn Kroczek is hoping “to build up the crew’s skills and start selling furniture to the general public soon.”
Visit the IBN Services website www.ibn-services.com.au