BMA to hand out the highest number of apprenticeships in Queensland

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) has given 62 Queenslanders reason to celebrate Christmas early, offering them apprenticeships starting in January 2020.

This is the highest number of apprenticeships offered in central Queensland in years, with 15 people coming from the Greater Mackay area, 13 from Moranbah, five from Rockhampton, four from Dysart, Blackwater and Emerald and a further eight workers from greater central and northern Queensland.

BMA has focussed on diversity when awarding apprenticeships, with the cohort comprising 23 females (37 per cent of the group) and 10 Indigenous Australians (16 per cent).

The new workers will complete four-year apprenticeships across a range of trades at BMA, including electricians, mechanics, diesel fitters, auto-electricians and boilermakers.

The bulk of the applicants will receive their letters as they finish their last year of school in the coming weeks.

Declan Fraser from Moranbah was thrilled to receive the letter, offering him a position as an apprentice diesel fitter at the Goonyella Riverside mine in the Bowen Basin region.

“I am very excited about my apprenticeship and can’t wait to start in January,” Fraser said.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity and think it will be a perfect fit for me.”

The apprentices will start their time at BMA with a formal welcome and induction program in Moranbah in early 2020, where they will learn the basic skills required to start training on a mine site, with a heavy emphasis on safety.

BMA asset president James Palmer is pleased to welcome the 62 workers to the company for its annual intake, especially to see many locals recruited.

“We want our workforce to reflect the communities in which we operate, so it’s pleasing to be able to build on that with our diverse apprenticeship intake next year,” Palmer said.

“We see these apprentices as the future of our business, and for us to continue being an important part of the local community, we need to support it.”

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