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Women hit mining jobs trail

WDS Industry recruitment manager Sally Rinehart (left) gives Mackay region women Helen Goode and Brittany Bobongie tips on finding jobs in the mines.
WDS Industry recruitment manager Sally Rinehart (left) gives Mackay region women Helen Goode and Brittany Bobongie tips on finding jobs in the mines. Lee Constable

HOW does the average woman get an $80,000 job in the mines?

That's the question women were asking at the Women into Mining (Coal Underground) Information seminar yesterday.

Mother of four Helen Goode, who works on her family-owned cattle station, said she was used to living in isolation.

"I'm used to living and working in isolation," she said.

"I have worked in the mines before so I know my family can cope with the shift work.

"My youngest son is 10 but I am confident my family can cope with me being away.

"The mines offer financial stability, all families need that."

Eighteen-year-old Big W worker Brittany Bobongie said she had watched her friends work in the mines and that she wanted to reap some of the financial rewards the resource industry had to offer.

"I have worked in retail since I left school so I'm looking for something different.

"I'm interested in the lifestyle of mining as well."

In conjunction with the Queensland Government, WDS Industry will give 10 women a job in the coal underground sector.

WDS Industry recruitment manager Sally Rinehart said there were two steps women needed to take before they started a career in the mining industry.

"Women must get their Coal Board Medical and get a generic coal induction certificate," Mrs Rinehart said.

"This is what you need to do to get someone to look at your resume.

"The next step is for people to do their research into the mining industry and work out which company they want to work for.

"Mining is not for everyone.

"You need to be persistent and determined when applying for jobs.

"Mines look at hundreds of applications to fill one position."

Topics:  mining jobs


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