BHP has targeted first-year university students to become interns across a range of areas at the company, encouraging young people to mitigate mining’s skills shortage.
The Minerals Australia First Year Intern Program was co-designed and developed across many areas of BHP to target first-year university students starting out in generalist science and engineering courses.
BHP Human Resources manager learning design Natasha Van Wyk said trialling this approach is vital to ensure that BHP has the talent and skills it needs for the future.
“By inviting these students to experience some of the opportunities BHP has to offer, we hope the knowledge and skills they gain will guide their decision to take up a much-needed technical specialisation and choose a career in mining they really enjoy,” Van Wyk said.
Without the right skill set and training, mine workers are more prone to putting themselves in danger on site and increasing worker skillsets will improve the risks associated.
The Minerals Australia First Year Intern Program will give participants access to specialist topics such as mining engineering, geoscience, hydrogeology, geomechanics. rehabilitation, tailings and water stewardship.
Importantly, the program demystifies mining and gives participants an honest look at the challenges and diverse opportunities that the mining industry has to offer, allowing the students to be prepared for their lives outside of university.
“Learning about state-of-the-art technologies and mining techniques from BHP – a world leader in the resources industry, and then seeing their real-time implementation on site is a learning opportunity and an experience that’s invaluable in helping me shape my career path,” program intern Tobias Massang said.
The program is running across Minerals Australia, so participants are exposed to a broad overview of BHP and talent can be pooled from across the country.