BMA welcomed 56 new apprentices from across Queensland earlier this year.
BMA welcomed 56 new apprentices from across Queensland earlier this year.

150 jobs: Mining companies on apprenticeship hiring spree

WHILE the COVID-19 crisis has decimated industries and caused mass job losses, three companies in the resources sector are pushing ahead with apprenticeship intake programs for 2021.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane praised the opportunities being offered, which he said would help fast-track the state's economy post-pandemic.

There are currently 150 opportunities up for grabs for people wanting to embark on a career in the resources sector.

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"I congratulate Glencore, BHP and Hastings Deering for launching these vital employment pathway programs and providing life changing opportunities to apprentices at a time when many are looking for a job," Mr Macfarlane said.

Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane. Picture: Jerad Williams
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Ian Macfarlane. Picture: Jerad Williams

"The companies will be seeking apprentices from Toowoomba to Cairns, northwest to Mount Isa and across the Bowen Basin including Moranbah, Blackwater and Dysart.

"Mechanics, boilermakers, electricians, diesel fitters, auto electricians and many more trades (are available), with each apprentice supported by guidance from experts in the industry."

Opportunities available:

BHP

Applications for the 2021 BHP Mitsubishi Alliance apprenticeship program are now open.

Successful applicants will be given the opportunity to specialise in a range of trades such as electrical, mechanical, diesel fitting, auto-electrical, refrigeration mechanics and boiler making.

According to BMA asset president James Palmer, the program caters to a diverse group of people, ranging from school leavers through to mature age people.

Those interested should apply through the BHP careers portal: careers.bhp.com

Applications close on June 17, 2020.

BMA welcomed 56 new apprentices from across Queensland earlier this year.
BMA welcomed 56 new apprentices from across Queensland earlier this year.

HASTINGS DEERING

Applications open on Monday for Hastings Deering's 2021 apprenticeship intake.

The mining and construction support company is offering 40 new positions as part of its 2021 campaign "hope for the future".

Five trades will be available across nine of the company's workshops including Mackay, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Townsville, Cairns, Mt Isa, Darwin and Alice Springs.

Hastings Deering general manager of people and external affairs Vincent Cosgrove said the company was keen to increase applications from regional areas.

In Mackay, the trades available include diesel fitters, boilermakers, mechanical fitters and auto electricians.

Applications close midnight July 5 and can be submitted online here.

Hastings Deering apprentices Tash Stark, left. (third year diesel fitter apprentice), and Damien Broom (first year engine reconditioner apprentice).
Hastings Deering apprentices Tash Stark, left. (third year diesel fitter apprentice), and Damien Broom (first year engine reconditioner apprentice).

GLENCORE

The mining giant is on the lookout for next year's recruits.

Glencore is offering nationally-recognised in-house programs with support and mentoring from industry leaders.

Applications for Glencore coal are open from May 21 to June 21.

Copper and zinc opportunities are open from July 1 to July 31.

Find out more at: www.glencore.com/careers

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