work ready

The 40 apprentices that have started working with BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) in 2018 will not only hit the ground running, they’ll do it safely.

BMA’s new apprentice cohort has started a four week work readiness program being run by the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) – the education arm of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) – at the Coalfield Training Excellence Centre in Moranbah.

‘The work readiness program will equip our apprentices with the skills required to work at mine sites, with a heavy emphasis on safety,’ said BMA Asset President Rag Udd.

The apprentices will be under expert tutelage as they hone their trade skills, in an environment that replicates work practices on site. The participants will cover hand skills, welding and basic electrical knowledge during the introductory program.

On completion of the program, the apprentices will work across BMA’s sites in central Queensland‑‑Goonyella, Peak Downs, Saraji, and Blackwater mines and Hay Point coal terminal.

It’s the third year BMA have run the work readiness program to introduce apprentices to the business, its work culture and safety standards.

‘The program enables our apprentices to start work on site with confidence, and ensures they have the skills they need to contribute, from day one,’ Mr Udd said.

Included in the intake are seven young women, and many of the new recruits have previously undertaken resources sector related training through QMEA schools.

The QMEA is a partnership between the QRC and the Queensland Government under its Gateway to Industry Program.

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