Mining apprenticeships

Mining apprenticeships

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This will sound like a dream come true for many adults. Bechtel, one of the the world`s premier engineering, construction, and project management companies, recently announced it will hire 400 adult apprentices in preparation for three LNG plant construction projects around the country.

There are currently 3 LNG plants being built on Curtis Island off Gladstone, which has created 1000’s of jobs in Queensland.

In what`s being called the largest single intake of adult apprentices in Australia’s history, Bechtel says it will work closely with the Federal Government`s National Apprenticeships Program. (NAP)

The announcement is good news for those who have only partly completed an apprenticeship program or trades assistants from construction and engineering backgrounds.

Others who are considering a job in the mining and resource sectors can get in on the action too; Australian residents, with qualifications not yet recognised in Australia will also benefit.

Andy Greig, Bechtel’s managing director in Australia, says the program is win-win and his company is pleased to be part of the opportunity. He added, “It will help meet the demand for skilled labour in the mining and redource sector and give adult workers with uncompleted apprenticeships, or those working in allied industries without a trade qualification, the chance to complete an apprenticeship in a reduced amount of time.”

Adult apprenticeships for mining

NAP Program Director Alan Sparks said recruitment of the adult apprentices for Bechtel would begin immediately through a series of advertisements focusing on seven trades: Electrical Fitter Mechanics, Dual Trade Electrical instrumentation, Metal Fabrication Boilermakers, Welders, Metal Fabrication Pipe Fitters, Mechanical Fitters and Carpentry Form workers

Mining contractor McMahon is also running a program, with NAP, for Diesel Fitter apprentices for Perth residents .

More information can be found on the National Apprenticeship Program website

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  1. glenn dawson December 22, 2011 Reply

    during my search for a position in the mining industry I notice that most jobs for machine operators require experienced operators. I have tickets for excavator and dozer as well as a blue card and I am currently employed by a civil contracting company in Brisbane. During my search I also noticed that the companies wanting experienced operators are also wanting trainers for plant operators. There seems to be a contradiction there could you shed any light on this situation please

    • pete December 22, 2011

      Hi Glenn
      The companies are putting trainers on to up skill the new guys who come on site. Even idf you are coming from a civil background you will still need to be trained on the larger machines. We continually have trainers on site helping to get the new workers up to speed
      Pete iMINCO
      re: civil operators working in the mines

  2. Richard Oliver December 9, 2011 Reply

    Hi There;
    I am super interested in an apprenteship in carpentry for adult employment,I have spent most of my working career as a landscape contracter donig jobs that involived bricklaying,and carpentry.
    Yes please ,keep me in your list .
    Looking forward to your communication.
    Kind regards
    Richard Oliver

    • iMINCO December 10, 2011

      Great Richard. If you visit the National Apprenticeship Program website you can get a range of useful information on apprenticeships for the mines
      Pete iMINCO
      RE: Apprenticeships for the mines

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