Sheffield Resources (‘Sheffield’) has recognised its inaugural graduate trainees at a formal dinner in Broome.


  • Jonathan Sesar, Broome
  • Mark Taylor, Broome
  • Bayden Rivers, Pandanas Park
  • Kassam Bin Rashid, Derby

Having successfully completed the Thunderbird four-month construction Work Ready Program in 2017, the trainees were offered positions in the Thunderbird Group Training Program. After a total of 14 months, Jonathan, Mark, Bayden and Kassam have graduated with a Certificate 3 in Civil Construction and the opportunity for positions on the construction of Thunderbird.

Already at-home on the Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project site, midway between Derby and Broome, the men have been working on the installation of the Thunderbird construction village and construction of the Mine Access Road, becoming familiar and comfortable with the routine and rosters.

Surrounded by family, friends and colleagues at Broome’s Gimme Club, Geoff Williams General Manager Thunderbird Operations congratulated the graduates and said that Sheffield would be proud to see them become foundation employees at Thunderbird.

“Congratulations to Jonathan, Mark, Bayden and Kassam. We’re thrilled at their successful completion of the traineeship,” Mr Williams said.

“The team working with the trainees have been outstanding – dedicated, considered, flexible and supportive.

“Well done everyone – it has been a partnership approach based on trust, and all parties have benefited from the experience.”

Plans are in development for the commencement of a second Thunderbird trainee program. Sheffield Resources has made significant progress towards the development of its world-class Thunderbird Mineral Sands Project in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. All key permitting has been secured, financing is on track and the Project is construction ready.

  • Native Title process complete and mining lease granted
  • Federal and State environmental approvals granted
  • Funding task on track
  • Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract negotiations well advanced
  • Product sales – strong progress
  • Financial investment decision – Sheffield’s Board of Directors will make the final investment decision prior to planned start of construction, following the Kimberley’s wet.
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