BMA is recruiting for 67 trainees in its Bowen Basin operations as it welcomes 60 new apprentices to the fold.
“We take great pride in training members of our community to become part of our team,” BMA asset president James Palmer said.
“During a challenging time for our industry, we’re creating more than 120 jobs that provide a pathway to a career in mining.”
The company said the traineeships would provide nationally accredited qualifications and skills in the disciplines of resource processing, surface extraction, laboratory skills, business administration, supply chain operations and project management.
They are being offered across BMA operations at Moranbah, Hay Point, and Blackwater.
It comes as the 2021 intake of BMA apprentices head off to their respective sites to get hands-on experience across a range of trades.
The group includes apprentice electricians, mechanics, diesel fitters, auto-electricians, refrigeration mechanics and boilermakers.
The apprentices have just completed a BMA Work Readiness Program at Emerald TAFE.
“Our new apprentices are a diverse group, reflecting the communities in which we operate,” Mr Palmer said.
“It’s encouraging to see the class of ’21 is almost 60 per cent female, has Indigenous representation of 23 per cent and more than 85 per cent are from the regions.
“Building and fostering an inclusive and diverse workforce is critical for BMA.”
‘Get us on the tools’
Apprentice auto electrician Jayda Flynn, who is starting at Goonyella Riverside mine, relocated from Brisbane to Moranbah with her husband to begin her new career.
“I was studying medical engineering and biological science at QUT in Brisbane,” she said.
“I got through three years of my five-year degree and just decided I couldn’t handle sitting behind a desk for another two years.
“I’m itching to get out onsite to play with the big trucks and toys out there.
“The dirtier the better hey, get us out, get us on the tools. I can’t wait to learn and get in the atmosphere and the environment of the mining industry.
“It’s not a job, it’s not for the next couple of days, this is a career that’s going to set us for life.”
- People interested in the BMA traineeships can apply HERE . Applications close March 1.