Thiess is a finalist in the 5th Annual Australian Mining Prospect Awards for its Enginhearing recruitment program launched earlier this year at Burton mine.
The program was created in an effort to attract female engineers who were either stay at home mums or women living in nearby towns interested in securing part-time work that could be completed in the comfort of their homes.
Mining companies have struggled for some time to recruit in the current climate and Thiess learned that many people were deterred by the rigid working hours. Awareness around this issue led Thiess to host information sessions where non-working professionals were invited to share their ideas with the aim to provide a working environment that would address issues raised.
Burton Coal HR Superintendent Brenda Witt organised meetings in Moranbah and nearby towns within the region.
Witt also took the sessions to local shopping centres and markets in an attempt to spread the word that Thiess was looking to hire with an open mind towards flexible work arrangements.
Thiess was aware that many primary caregivers within the region were qualified mining professionals who had chosen the role of stay-at-home-parent due to limited daycare facilities, costs and unsuitable working hours available.
The idea panned out as Thiess was approached by a fully qualified process engineer and mother of two, who had become a full-time stay-at-home mum following the birth of her children.
Thiess worked to determine how they could cater to her needs while also gaining a skilled professional.
In the end, the company was able to create a specific role that allowed her to work a few days a week from home. Moreover, Thiess removed the need for the employee to make site visits which allowed her to care for her children and dictate her own work hours.