Thousands of mining jobs up for grabs at QLD expo

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Thousands of people searching for mining jobs are expected to attend the Queensland Mining and Jobs Expo in Logan today.

Queensland Employment Skills and Mining Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said in a statement today demand for skilled workers in the mining industry was "at an all-time high".

"We’re looking at 38,000 jobs in mining and construction over the next few years and we want to give as many Queenslanders as possible the chance to carve out a career in the resources sector," he said.

Some of Australia’s largest resources companies will be represented at the expo, including BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Xstrata, Arrow Energy, and Origin Energy, among others.

But while the jobs are out there competition for positions is tough, with the Government estimating more than 24,000 people attending job expos last year.

Mining Industry Skills Centre CEO Derek Hunter told Australian Mining last week that in 2011 QLD mining expos attracted 50,000 expressions of interest over three months.

Hunter said while the number of jobs available was legitimate, job searchers needed to be aware employers were mostly seeking applicants with mining experience.

Mastermyne CEO Tony Caruso, who heads a company that specialises in training and securing jobs for unskilled workers, told Australian Mining there was a high demand for entry level mining jobs.

“The pool of demand is definitely out there, especially in underground resources projects,” he said.

“And we’ve got a lot of [unskilled workers] coming in to fill these positions.”

Caruso said governments, miners, and other companies needed to focus more on training unskilled workers to fill mining jobs.

Hinchliffe said he would be joined by Member for Albert Margaret Keech and Member for Waterford Evan Moorhead at today’s Logan expo.

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