A new way to recruit for mining jobs

Bucking the trend of posting mining jobs in an online vertical for people to spend hours trolling through, Alkane Resources have come up with an innovative approach to filling future jobs at its proposed operations.

The Dubbo Zirconia Project careers page not only lists the types of jobs the miner will be looking to fill, but also outlines how many people it will need for each role and hosts educational information about what experience, courses, or training an individual will need to score a job at the site.

The fact sheets also spell out the duties of each role to ensure people know what they are in for.

Speaking to Australian Mining, Alkane’s corporate communications manager Natalie Chapman said the company wanted to be as open as possible about what jobs it has on offer to ensure schools,  training providers and individuals had all the information they needed.

As the mine life of the DZP project is estimated at 70 years, the project needs a long-term investment and plans to employ 250 people mainly from the local area, the spokeswoman explained.

“We wanted to really plan this and wanted people to have as much information as possible,” Chapman said.

“The service providers need to know and the schools need to know.”

The company estimates the rare metals earth mine will process one million tonnes of ore annually with first production slated for 2016.

Peak employment for the project is estimated to be around 300 to 400 workers during construction, with a permanent workforce of between 230 to 250 people once in production.

The mine’s EIS is currently under review by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, with a recommendation to the independent Planning Assessment Commission expected in the middle of this year.

However Alkane says the company is keen to educate locals on what skills they may need to work at the site early on.

And mining will only be a small part of the work conducted at DZP, with a processing plant and logisitics a major part of the project’s profile.

“Jobs there are not just in the mining area,” Chapman explained.

“There will be a whole suite of job roles that will need a lot of different skills.”

“So it’s a bit different to your average mine because we need processing skills, senior lab technicians, and acid plant engineers just to name a few.”

Most of the jobs the company is looking for will be filled by people with vocational or trade qualifications and on the job training. Approximately 20% of roles will require degree qualifications

including project engineers (x6); environmental, radiation and safety managers(x4); process/mining engineers(x4); and metallurgical accountants (x2).

Chapman said the fact sheets could be used by those in schools for subject selection and may even help school leavers decide what degree they want to pursue.

“These posters will go up in schools and all of a sudden a chemistry teacher has a great new proposition for a student going in to do their class,” she explained.

The careers guide could also help those seeking undertake a trade, with around 90 jobs at the mine suited to those with trade or vocational qualifications.

These roles include electrical and instrumentation technicians (x16); field operators (x8); purchasing officers(x3); and mechanical technicians (x28).

Apprenticeships will also be available through the project, with the company already flying TAFE/VET providers to a demonstration processing plant in Sydney to show them the ins and outs of differing roles.

Jobs that require on the job training are also up for grabs  such as plant handlers (x20); process operators (x32); security officers (x10)’ and mining operators (x12).

The company knows the impact mining activity can have on local communities and states that by empowering school-leavers and those looking to make a career move on the skills the projects require to be successful, locals can become engaged from the onset.

Alkane says it is committed to hiring from within the community where possible with training and career pathways an important part of the mine’s profile.






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