BHP has announced plans to double its number of apprenticeships and traineeships during 2018, with most of the positions to be offered to young people in the Pilbara.
The company will take on 200 apprentices and trainees as it expands its training program.
The 2018 intake will expand on the roughly 300 apprentices and trainees BHP has already employed in its iron ore business in Western Australia.
WA premier Mark McGowan welcomed the move, as the state government also looks to increase the number of apprenticeships and traineeships on government contracts through its Western Australian Industry Participation Plans.
“I congratulate BHP on the expansion of its apprenticeship and traineeship program,” he said.
“Creating these extra positions will give more young Western Australians the opportunity to gain invaluable on-site training and set them on an employment path into the future.”
BHP highlighted increased production at its Western Australian Iron Ore (WAIO) operations by four per cent in the 2017 financial year. The miner’s iron ore production reached more than 231 million tonnes, indicating strong productivity improvement.