31 apprentices start work today.
In house training to help ease company concerns about skills shortage and costs in CQ.
Wednesday 08 February 2017
Young women have made up half the mining apprentices taking part in a work readiness program that kicked off today at the Moranbah State High School’s coalfields training excellence centre.
Of the thirty-one apprentices participating in the four-week BMA work readiness program, 16 are female.
Once they have completed the program, they will embark on full-time roles at six BMA sites across Central Queensland.
The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) hosts the program, and Director Katrina-Lee Jones said the initiative broke new ground last year.
“The BMA Work Readiness Program was a logical extension of our school's program with a number of BMA apprentices participating in QMEA experiences over the past few years,” Ms Jones said.
“It's great to see that half the apprentices are women, who gained their places based on merit.
”It also comes at a time when Queensland Resources Council (QRC) members are becoming concerned about the availability and cost of skilled labour as the sector picks up,” she said.
Ms Jones says it’s also significant that 31 of the 35 students come from QMEA schools outside Brisbane, including Moranbah State High School.
Sean Milfull, General Manager at BMA Peak Downs Mine, said the health, safety and wellbeing of its people were central to their involvement.
“This program ensures that from day one our new apprentices will work safely and be productive members of their maintenance teams,” Mr Milfull said.
“BMA is excited to be investing in the future, with the induction of 31 trade apprentices in 2017.”