The mining industry in Australia currently offers a wide variety of mining jobs to skilled and unskilled workers looking to get into the mines.
It is possible to find unskilled mining jobs even with the big mining companies like Rio Tinto, BHP and Fortescue Metals.
There are also thousands of mining jobs for inexperienced people with some of the large mining contracting companies like Leighton’s, Thiess and BGC Contracting. These contracting companies can offer an incredible opportunity for people to get a well paying mining job, even if they have never experienced being on a mine site before.
Today, mining has changed from being an industry constantly in the media spotlight owing to the high-risk working environment, to becoming one of the most safest and sought-after employment opportunities for people looking for mining jobs with no experience.
Mining jobs have become more attractive to people who have no experience in the Australian resource industry due to the development of world class safety training courses”“ particularly in the Queensland mining industry.
Do a mining induction safety course
With strict Work Health and Safety policies and government legislation, mining in Australia has become one of the most heavily regulated and safety-aware industries on the planet. As such, people looking for mining jobs with no experience should understand that without having completed a mining induction safety course, it could severely hamper their mining job success rate.
Mining companies are looking to hire individuals who have a track record of being `safety-aware`. New workers who can demonstrate maturity and can follow safety instructions will always be sought after by mining recruiters and employers.
“being safety-aware and adapting to a mining culture”
Another point to make here is – whilst many people who are looking to get into the mines may not have much or indeed any mining experience ““ simply possessing a mindset of continual improvement, being safety-aware and adapting to a mining culture are a some of the keys to scoring an mining job for the many thousands of people who have no previous mining experience.
Some of the big Australian mining companies are even today, hiring people with no or relatively little mining experience and they also offer exceptional safety training via specific site inductions. With hundreds of mines currently operating in Australia and new ones still to be developed, there are many vacancies still waiting to be filled by people who are actively searching for the ideas of `mining jobs no experience`.
A shortage of unskilled and skilled labour
Increasing demand for minerals such as metallurgical coal, coking coal gold, copper and nickel globally, has been at all time high and this has created a shortage of unskilled and skilled labour in the Australian mining industry.
People are now changing their professions to take up mining jobs, as they chase the juicy benefits of high wages and favourable working conditions associated with a FIFO. Even for new starters who have found mining jobs with no experience, can expect bigger pay packets compared to other industries in Australia.
Major mining spots in Australia like The Kimberley, Mount Isa, Kalgoorlie and the WA Gorgon Gas Project are facing massive shortages of skilled and unskilled people who are willing to have a go at a mining job.
“job-search programs provide incentives for unemployed people”
There are also many pilot-programs offered by mining companies in conjunction with the Australian Government. Some of these involved mining apprenticeships for all ages. These employment and job-search programs provide incentives for unemployed people to take up the many mining jobs that require little or no mining experience. Such jobs can be can be found on the online mining jobs boards Like SEEK, Career One and Indeed.
People searching for jobs in the mining industry with no mining skills or experience in a mining environment, can work confidently alongside experienced mine workers as assistants, caterers, cleaners or simply doing a variety of kitchen-hand and food preparation jobs.
“accept a new challenge and be prepared to work a FIFO lifestyle”
All that is needed to get mining jobs with no experience is commitment, willingness to work long hours and accept a new challenge and be prepared to work a FIFO lifestyle for a few years.
In return, jobs in mining for inexperienced people offer high rewards and an opportunity to further their career with better opportunities presenting themselves the longer they stay in the job.
Some courses you can do if you’re thinking of applying for mining jobs
- Standard 11 Mining Induction (recommended)
- Dump Truck / Haul Truck Driver Course
- A Heavy Rigid (HR) licence (not essential in QLD but often seen as favourable in WA for haul truck jobs)
- Working at Heights (recommended)
- Enter and Work in Confined Spaces (recommended)
- 4WD License or Light Vehicle Course. (recommended)
Reference: Mining jobs no experience | Advice for people looking to work in the mines who have no experience in mining.
Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII)
Commonly refered to as Black Coal Competency (BCC), the RII competency is one that can be attained by an operator who has previously worked in the industry and has completed a number of operating hours on various types of machinery.
RII competency is granted to prove correct and safe operation of mine site machinery. It is a very useful qualification to have, as it confirms the operator has the required experience and expertise.
You can transfer your nationally recognised civil Excavator, Front End Loader or Dozer tickets only to RII Black Coal Competencies.
Standard 11 Mining Induction
The Standard 11 is a course that provides skill and knowledge required for working in surface coal mines under the QLD Mining Inspectorate Recognised Standard 11.
If your job means you must access a Queensland coal mine site - you'll need a Standard 11.
The Standard 11 covers essential safety training designed to keep you and other workers safe from injury and harm when working on site.
You can book your course online and we will find a training provider close to your location - we do all the work for you.