Lack of mining experience in 2016 doesn’t mean you’re out of luck!
Over the past few years, in Australia we have seen a dramatic decline in mining activity. Both coal and iron ore has been ravaged by the global downturn in demand for the minerals we have been so blessed with.
Queensland and New South Wales coal mining has been hit the worst with job losses in the many 1000’s. Some say it was an inevitable correction of the excessive demand and glut of coal that was being stockpiled globally owing to the slow down of industry and the demand for coal for power generation and steel production in Asia – particularly China.
In late 2016, we are now seeing a resurgence of coal prices, which have ignited the interest of new investment in once downtrodden mining areas of Australia. Local communities are once again firing up to take advantage of the new demand in the hope of returning to the prosperous times which was not too long ago.
So, just as it was in 2012-2013, maybe you don’t have any experience in the mining industry and the same old story prevails -don’t be put off.
Are you willing to learn about the mining industry in Australia?
You should make this your first priority. The fact is that previous experience in the mines is not always required in order to get your foot in the door. It’s not going to be as easy as it was in 2011-2013, however, there are still opportunities for those with the basic skills.
The Australian mining industry offers many opportunities in all sorts of areas, from on-site work such as driving water trucks and operating heavy machinery to scientific work, office and administration duties.
Because the major mining companies in Australia are always looking to employ good people, there are still entry level mining jobs being advertised.
Some of the jobs you can do are;
- Trainee operator
- Cleaning and house keeping
- Kitchen hand
- Field assistant
- Trades assistant
- General labourer
- FIFO bus driver
- Dump truck driver
- Water truck and roller operator
No matter what job you’re doing right now, you have the opportunity to get a foot in the door in the new coal mining boom.
Are you willing to invest the time and money to train yourself and equip yourself with the right training?
There are mining training courses you can do that will help you get an understanding of mining life, as well as give you valid qualifications to add to your resume.
Safety training counts
There is a strong focus on mine sites around developing a safety culture, so you really need to be aware of the Australian Work Health and Safety policies and procedures and how they affect your working life in the mines.
A mining induction safety course (Standard 11), gives you the necessary safety awareness skills mining companies and contractors are looking for. If you haven’t completed one of these courses then to be honest, your chances of getting a start in the industry are not as high as they would be if you have done the course.
In Queensland for instance, the legislation states you must complete a mining induction course called the Standard 11 before you can work on a mine or quarrying site. This is especially important for new-starters who have little experience because new employees represent the highest risk to safety breaches.
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Other things to consider.
- Make sure you can work in Australia . Many people want to come to Australia on a working visa and expect to get into a mining job.
- Get the right training before you apply for jobs. Completing safety training courses are a good indication to mining employers that you are aware of the safety issues in mining and you have invested in yourself and are serious about a career in the industry. Do a mining induction safety course
- Make sure your resume is up-to-date and relevant to the job you are applying for
- Go to the mining jobs boards like SEEK, INDEED, CareerONE, Jora, MyCareer etc
Start your search for ‘mining jobs’, or specify keywords related to your job type such as ‘entry-level jobs in mining’, or ‘mining jobs no experience iMINCO’
- Set up Google alerts for mining jobs using the keywords above.
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