Dale Dhamarrandji

Northern Territory

Certiicate III in Mobile Plant Technology

Employer: Rio Tinto Gove Operations 

Dale Dhamarrandji is a proud Yolngu man and is the first Yolngu apprentice to have completed a heavy diesel apprenticeship at Rio Tinto Operations on the Gove Peninsula.

Dale said his apprenticeship taught him an immense amount of discipline and perseverance – qualities and attributes that are helping set him up for life.

He completed the classroom based learning for his apprenticeship at Charles Darwin University (CDU) and his excellent academic performance saw him awarded the CDU Automotive Heavy Vehicle student of the Year award in 2018.

Dale is seen as a role model for young Yolngu kids. It is satisfying for him to know that other young Yolngu can see what he has achieved and look up to him.

Dale frequently visits the Nhulunbuy High School to talk to students about future career opportunities in the heavy diesel mechanical industry and the benefits of working for Rio Tinto.