40 new jobs
BMA doubles local apprenticeship number for 2018 intake
Wednesday 24 January 2018
BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has welcomed 40 new apprentices into its ranks in Moranbah this week.
The apprentices are from Moranbah, Blackwater, Dysart, Mackay and North Queensland - with the number of locally based apprentices doubling in the last two years.
Asset President, Rag Udd, welcomed the young miners saying it’s critical that BMA’s workforce is built on a solid foundation of local people.
“For BMA to continue being a valued part of the Central Queensland community, we need to support it, and delivering more jobs to the region is one of the important ways we are doing that,” Mr Udd said.
“We have a great mix in this intake of apprentices from school leavers through to experienced workers, indigenous people, men and women and we see them as the future of our business.”
Phoebe Bailey from Mackay is following in her dad’s career footsteps and looking forward to the challenges of a Mechanical Fitter apprenticeship.
“Aside from learning a wide range of skills, working close to home is really important to me, so that I can have a healthy work-life balance and perform to my potential” Ms Bailey said.
The apprentices are undertaking a four-week work readiness program at the Coalfield Training Excellence Centre to equip them with the skills required to work on mine sites.
BMA is partnering with the Queensland Department of Education and Training, CQ University and the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network in the delivery of its apprenticeship program.